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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 supervise students who wish to research within the East and Southeast Asian Neolithic, particularly (for me) on issues connected with human migration. But ANU has many archaeologists with interests in SE Asia, and I am more than happy to advise students working in areas beyond my technical expertise on e.g. zooarchaeology, archaeobotany, lithic and pottery analysis, sourcing of manufacturing materials, and so forth.  

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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Updated:  26 April 2015 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers