QLD: Making Love Not War? An Archaeology Of Violence And Some Lessons For The Study Of Prehistoric Bronze Age


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Dr Andrew Sneddon, University of Queensland Culture and Heritage Unit

Prehistoric Bronze Age Cyprus (c2200-1600 BCE) is commonly characterised by archaeologists as a remarkably peaceful place. There were relatively few weapons, the small towns were unwalled, deaths by violence are not indicated by the burial data, and the art of the period presents scenes of the everyday (bread-making, childbirth, clothes washing) rather than warriors and war. But is the archaeology misleading us? Andrew’s paper uses criminological theory to ask: Are we missing something? Should we not, in fact, expect violence rather than peace and harmony in Prehistoric Bronze Age Cyprus? Did people behave like they lived in a violent society? And was life somewhat more challenging in Cypriot prehistory than archaeologists have been assuming?

Andrew’s PhD was in the archaeology of Prehistoric Bronze Age Cyprus and he is the Director of the UQ Alampra Archaeological Mission in Cyprus. His talk draws on his research and fieldwork.

About the Presenter: Andrew Sneddon is the Director of the University of Queensland Cultural and Heritage Unit, School of Social Science. His research includes heritage law, the archaeology of Prehistoric Bronze Age Cyprus and the archaeology of poverty.

Date Friday, 16 May 2014

Time 1:00 – 2:00pm
Room 443, Level 4
Location Michie Building (09), St Lucia Campus.