The UQ Classics & Ancient History and Archaeology Disciplines present a conversation with Dr Andrew Sneddon (PhD La Trobe, UQ Classics & Ancient History and Law alumnuson his new book Prehistoric Joy.

Andrew Sneddon grew up on the Gold Coast in the 1980s, in a household characterised by domestic violence and alcoholism. He has recently published a memoir (called Prehistoric Joy) about his turbulent teenage years, drawing on his experiences as an archaeologist, and framing his story around the prehistory of happiness. His book has been featured in the UQ media (see below).  

Andrew will be in conversation with Dr Amelia Brown from Classics & Ancient History at UQ. Together, they will tour the prehistoric world to find universal experiences of joy, and use both archaeology and prehistory to raise awareness of a serious contemporary social problem – violence against women and families.

About the Presenter

Dr Andrew Sneddon obtained an Honours degree in Classics and Ancient History from the University of Queensland, before completing a law degree at UQ and a PhD in the archaeology of prehistoric Bronze Age Cyprus from La Trobe University. He is a director and co-owner of Australia’s largest heritage consultancy – Extent Heritage.

Dr Amelia R. Brown is Senior Lecturer in Greek History & Language in the Classics & Ancient History discipline of the School of Historical & Philosophical Inquiry, at the University of Queensland, Australia. She held a Discovery Early Career Research Award from the ARC to research the impact of ancient sailors and other travellers on the development of ancient Greek religion and identity.


About Archaeology Working Papers

The Working Papers in Archaeology seminar series provides a forum for dissemination of archaeological research and ideas amongst UQ archaeology students and staff. All students are invited to attend the series and postgraduate students, from honours upwards, are invited to present their research. The aim is to provide opportunities for students, staff and those from outside UQ, to present and discuss their work in an informal environment. It is hoped that anyone interested in current archaeological directions, both within and outside the School and University, will be able to attend and contribute to the series.