UNSW academic wins international book award
Robin Derricourt’s Unearthing Childhood: Young Lives in Prehistory (Manchester University Press) has won the Archaeology and Ancient History PROSE Award from the Association of American Publishers (AAP).
Unearthing Childhood is the first book to survey children in prehistoric societies as revealed by archaeology. It covers Australopithecines to advanced Stone Age foragers, from farming villages to the beginnings of civilisation.
Derricourt, who is an honorary associate professor at the University of New South Wales and a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, said: ‘During childhood we learn the behaviours and the skills that make us human and part of society. Examining children across the deep past shows what is similar through the millennia of human existence, but also where childhoods in the past were sharply different from the way we perceive and raise children in the modern urbanised world.’
The PROSE Awards honour scholarly work in 48 subject categories. This year’s winners were selected from 165 finalists and more than 500 entries. For more information about the awards, visit the website.