Dr Robin Derricourt

Honorary Associate Professor
MA, PhD (Cambridge), FAHA, FSA
School of Humanities & Languages


Research interests include:

History of archaeology; archaeology and religion; the prehistory of childhood; archaeology and historiography of ancient Egypt, Near East and Africa; settlement history and archaeology; publishing industry and book publishing models.


Publications: Books

Unearthing Childhood: young lives in prehistory, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018 (in press), distributed in North America by Oxford University Press and in Australasia by Footprint Books. http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/9781526128089 

Antiquity Imagined: the remarkable legacy of Egypt and the Ancient Near East, London: I.B. Tauris, 2015, distributed in North America by Bookmasters and in Australasia by Footprint Books.

Inventing Africa: history, archaeology and ideas, London: Pluto Press, 2011, distributed in North America by University of Chicago Press and in Australasia by Co Info.

The Email Tamer (with Veechi Curtis), Sydney: Woodslane, Australian Business Essentials, 2013.

An Author's Guide to Scholarly Publishing, Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press, 1996, copublished as:

Ideas into Books: a guide to scholarly and non-fiction publishing, Melbourne: Penguin Books, 1996.

Man on the Kafue: the archaeology and history of the Itezhitezhi area of Zambia, London: Ethnographica and New York: Lilian Barber Press, 1985.

People of the Lakes: archaeological studies in Northern Zambia, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1980.

Prehistoric Man in the Ciskei and Transkei, Cape Town: Struik, 1977.

Beyond the Cape Frontier: essays on the history of the Transkei and Ciskei (ed. with C. Saunders), London: Longman, 1974.


Publications: Selected Recent Articles

"The making of a radical archaeologist: the early years of Vere Gordon Childe", Australian Archaeology 79, (2014), 54-64.

"The changing careers of Vere Gordon Childe", Antiquity 88 (340), (2014), 632-638.

"Pyramidologies of Egypt: a typological review", Cambridge Archaeological Journal 22 (3), (2012).353-363.

"Pseudoarchaeology: the concept and its limitations", Antiquity 86 (332), (2012), 524-531.

"Peer Review: fetishes, fallacies, and perceptions", Journal of Scholarly Publishing 43 (2), (2012), 137-147.

UNSW Press, a history: 1962-2012, Sydney: NewSouth Publishing, (eBook), 2012. http://www.unswpress.com/images/50th-ann/9781742233543.pdf   (PDF)

South Head Sydney and the Origins of Watsons Bay, Sydney: Watsons Bay Association, 2011. http://www.watsonsbayassociation.org/files/resourceLibrary/resource/23_South_Head_and_Watsons_Bay_History.pdf

“The South Head peninsula of Sydney Harbour: boundaries in space and time”,Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society 96 (1), (2010), 27-49.

 “Raymond Dart and the danger of mentors”, Antiquity 84 (323), (2010), 230-235.

 “Patenting hominins: taxonomy, fossils and egos”, Critique of Anthropology, 29, (2009), 193-204.

 “The enigma of Raymond Dart”, International Journal of African Historical Studies, 42 (2), (2009), 257-282.

 “For a few dollars more: a future for scholarly books in Australia”, Learned Publishing 21, (2008), 15-21.

 “Watsons Bay”, Sydney Journal 1 (2), (2008), 117-125 (online at http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/ojs/index.php/sydney_journal )

 Contributions on Camp Cove; HMAS Watson; Macquarie lighthouse; South Head; South Head Signal Station; The Gap; Watsons Bay, in The Dictionary of Sydney (online at http://www.dictionaryofsydney.org )

 “Book publishing and the university sector” in D. Carter & A. Galligan (eds.), Making books: contemporary Australia publishing, Brisbane: University of Queensland Press, (2007), 221-230.

 “Getting ‘out of Africa’: sea crossings, land crossings and culture in the hominin migrations”, Journal of World Prehistory, 19, (2005),119-132.

 “Scholarly book publishing in Australia: the impact of the last decade”, Journal of Scholarly Publishing, 33, (2002), 189-201.


Affiliations and membership

Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities

Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London