Scientist for a Day Archaeologist

Scientist for a Day Archaeologist school holidays program.

Image: Martha Johnson
© Australian Museum

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Ages: 9-12 years

Embark on a journey into the world of archaeology at the Australian Museum!

Discover the fascinating realm of archaeology and delve into the depths of history. In this interactive experience, you'll unravel the enigma of ancient artefacts and their practical purposes. Australian Museum archaeologist, Loukas Koungoulos will guide you through what a typical day looks like for him. Examine toys and tools used in the past and go behind-the-scenes to see a working lab. Gain a firsthand understanding of the meticulous work involved in uncovering the past and learn the intricate process of piecing together fragmented objects. Hands-on activities will allow you to step into the shoes of an archaeologist.

This unique opportunity promises to ignite your curiosity and provide a glimpse into the world of archaeology. Join us on this excellent archaeological adventure!

The Scientist for a Day program is a full day social and educational workshop for young minds aged 9-12 years, designed to show kids what it’s like to work in different areas of science.



  • Hat
  • Water bottle
  • Bag
  • Lunch and snacks – there will be no option to purchase food on the day. Weather permitting, lunch will take place in Cook and Phillip Park (across the road from the Australian Museum)
  • Any required medication

Please refer to the AM's refund policy here. Discounted Members tickets will be verified with Members registered for Family Membership benefits. Members Benefits are for registered Members only (kids and /or adults).



Loukas Koungoulos

Australian Museum archaeologist, Loukas Koungoulos
Australian Museum archaeologist, Loukas Koungoulos. Image: Supplied
© Loukas Koungoulos

Loukas Koungoulos is a postdoctoral researcher in archaeology at the College of Asia and the Pacific, the Australian National University. Loukas recently completed a PhD thesis titled ‘Investigating the natural and cultural history of the dingo (Canis dingo) through cranial morphometrics’ and is presently working on a number of projects studying ancient dingoes, dogs, and human-animal relationships in Australia and New Guinea more broadly.


Dr. Stan Florek

Stan Florek - International Collections Officer
Dr Stan Florek, Collections Officer at the Australian Museum. Image: Abram Powell
© Australian Museum

Dr. Stan Florek has been working with Cultural Collections at the Australian Museum for more than twenty years. He has worked across collection care, enhancement and research. Stan’s interests include the use of archaeological and bio-geographical material records to explore human history in deep chronological perspective. He has also focused on early First Nations technology, including stone tools, wood, bone, and ancient maritime technology in Oceania. Stan has worked on projects including a study of boomerangs, technology related to the artesian springs around Lake Eyre in South Australia, First Nations watercraft in Oceania, mining stone tools in Ancient Egypt, Balinese paintings with their cultural context and rich pool of narratives.