Dr Jon Prangnell
Dr Jon Prangnell
Senior Lecturer

Phone:  (+61 7) 336 52887
Fax:  (+61 7) 336 51544

Room 307, Level 3,
Michie Building (#9), St Lucia Campus


BA - Hons (Archaeology), University of Queensland
Ph.D (Archaeology), University of Queensland

Professional activities:

Honorary Research Fellow – The Workshops Rail Museum (a campus of the Queensland Museum)
Member - Brisbane City Council Heritage Advisory Committee
Member - Editorial Board, International Journal of Historical Archaeology
Co-editor - Australasian Historical Archaeology
Co-Editor – Queensland Archaeological Research


Lecturer, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland, 2005 - Present
Director, University of Queensland Archaeological Services Unit, 1997 - 201

Research interests:

My research interests divide into both the scientific aspects and social aspects of historical archaeology to understand the development of the Queensland over the past 190 years.

  • The scientific research relates to the archaeological and social transformations that resulted in the creation of the archaeological record of the North Brisbane Burial Grounds – a cemetery housing the remains of up to 10,000 colonists.
  • The social archaeology of nineteenth and early twentieth century southeast Queensland includes research projects examining family life at Caboonbah Homestead in the Brisbane Valley, the development of the sugar industry on the Gold Coast, the role of St Lawrence (in central Queensland) as a port town servicing copper mines and cattle stations in the nineteenth century, and the use and meaning of ceramics on Queensland Rail. These projects tie together to allow an examination of Queensland frontier life (at various strata), Victorianism, colonialism, industrial development, and social relationships.

Please follow this link to find out more about Dr Prangnell’s research profile.

Representative publications:

McGowan, G and Prangnell, J (2014) A method for calculating soil pressure overlying human burials. Journal of Archaeological Science. DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2014.09.016

Prangnell, J. 2013 'Colonialism and the Peel Island Lazaret: Changing the world one story at a time.' Historical Archaeology 47(1):66-79.

Prangnell, J. (ed.) 2013 'The Historical Archaeology of Queensland, Australia.' International Journal of Historical Archaeology 17(3).
Prangnell, J. 2013 'Daughter of the Sun.' International Journal of Historical Archaeology 17(3):423-427.
Prangnell, J. and G McGowan 2013 'Economy and Respectability: textiles from the North Brisbane Burial Ground.' International Journal of Historical Archaeology 17(3):487-519.
Youngberry, A. and J. Prangnell 2013 'Fences, Boats and Teas: Engendering patient lives at Peel Island Lazaret.' International Journal of Historical Archaeology 17(3):445-464.

Prangnell, J. and Mate, G. 2011 'Kin, Fictive Kin and Strategic Movement: Working class heritage of the Upper Burnett.' International Journal of Heritage Studies 17(4):318-330.

Prangnell, J., Ross, A. and Coghill, B. 2010 'Power Relations and Community Involvement in Landscape-Based Cultural Heritage Management Practice: An Australian case study.'  International Journal of Heritage Studies 16(1-2):140-155.

Ross, A, Prangnell, J. and Coghill, B  2010 'Archaeology, Cultural Landscapes, and Indigenous Knowledge in Australian Cultural Heritage Management Legislation and Practice.'  Heritage Management 3(1):73-97.

McGowan, G. and Prangnell, J., 2009, ''The Truth Will Out’: Recycling of Packing Timber to Construct a Nineteenth Century Australian Coffin.' Australian Archaeology, 68:56-58.

Prangnell, J. and Quirk, K., 2009, 'Children in Paradise: Growing up on the Australian Goldfields.'  Historical Archaeology, 43(3):38-49.

Prangnell, J. and McGowan, G., 2009, 'Soil Temperature Calculation for Burial Site Analysis.' Forensic Science International, 191:104-109.

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