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 Vietnam with Philip Piper and Lam My Dzung.


Born Leicester, UK

PhD Cambridge (King's College) 1980

Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (1983)

Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy (2016)

Honorary Fellow, Associazione Internationale di Studi sul Mediterraneo e l'Oriente (Associazione ISMEO), Rome (2017)

Researcher's projects

ARC Discovery Project 2014-2017: Landscape, Resources and Human Migration during the Southeast Asian Neolithic, with Dr Hsiao-chun Hung and Dr Philip Piper.


Available student projects

Although retired, I am willing to advise graduate students who wish to do research within the East and Southeast Asian Neolithic, particularly on issues connected with human migration. However, I am no longer available to act as a primary supervisor or panel chair. 

Current student projects

PhD students currently advised:

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

Tuukka Kaikkonen: Plant use in Neolithic Taiwan and southern China (panel chair Dr Hsiao-chun Hung)



Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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