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The Australian National University

Professor Peter Bellwood

Emeritus Professor (Archaeology)
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Archaeology 2101

Research interests

Population migration during all periods of prehistory (world-wide); prehistory of Southeast Asia and the Pacific from archaeological, linguistic and biological perspectives; origins of agriculture and resulting cultural, linguistic and biological developments (world-wide); interdisciplinary connections between archaeology, linguistics and human biology. Currently involved in archaeological fieldwork projects in the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam (with Philip Piper, Hsiao-chun Hung and Marc Oxenham).


Born Leicester, UK

PhD Cambridge (King's College) 1980

Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities since 1983.

Researcher's projects

ARC Discovery Project 2014-2016: Landscape, Resources and Human Migration during the Southeast Asian Neolithic, with Dr Hsiao-chun Hung and Dr Philip Piper.

ARC Discovery Project 2010-2013: The Archaeological and Biological Foundations of Southeast Asia, 2500 to 1000 BC, with Dr Marc Oxenham and Dr Hsiao-chun Hung.

Available student projects

Although retired, I am willing to advise students who wish to research within the East and Southeast Asian Neolithic, particularly on issues connected with human migration.  

Current student projects

PhD students supervised:

Chris Carter, Archaeology of shell middens in northern Chile

Po-yi Chiang: Baodun to Shierqiao cultural sequence in Sichuan, China

Vida Kusmartono: Cave archaeology and rainforest occupation in central Kalimantan, Indonesia

MA student supervised:

Nick Skopal: Explaining Harappan fortifications (Pakistan and India)


Projects and Grants

Grants are drawn from ARIES. To add Projects or Grants please contact your College Research Office.

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