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The Australian National University

Professor Peter Bellwood


Position: Professor of Archaeology


Phone: + 61 2 6125 3120

Research and outreach

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.

Secretary-General of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association and Editor, Bulletin of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association.

Member of the following editorial boards: Asian Perspectives; Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory; Journal of Austronesian Studies; Review of Archaeology; Sarawak Museum Journal.

Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

Recent and main publications

2007 Bellwood, Peter, Judith Cameron, Nguyen Van Viet and Bui Van Liem. Ancient boats, boat timbers, and locked mortise and tenon joints from Bronze Age northern Vietnam. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 36: 2-20.

2007 Southeast China and the prehistory of the Austronesians. In Tianlong Jiao ed., Lost Maritime Cultures: China and the Pacific. Honolulu: Bishop Museum Press.

2007-8 Understanding the Neolithic in northern India. Pragdhara 18:331-46 (Journal of the Uttar Pradesh State Archaeology Department, India).

2008 Archaeology and the origins of language families. In A. Bentley, H. Maschner and C. Chippindale eds, Handbook of Archaeological Theories, pp. 225-43. Lanham: Altamira.

2008 Bellwood, P. and E. Dizon. Austronesian cultural origins: out of Taiwan, via the Batanes Islands, and onwards to western Polynesia. In Alicia Sanchez-Mazas, Roger Blench, Malcolm D. Ross, Ilia Peiros and Marie Lin eds, Past Human Migrations in East Asia: Matching Archaeology, Linguistics and Genetics, pp. 23-39. London: Routledge.

2008 Bellwood, P. and M. Oxenham. The expansions of farming societies and the role of the Neolithic Demographic Transition. In Jean-Pierre Bocquet-Appel and Ofer Bar-Yosef eds, The Neolithic Demographic Transition and its Consequences, pp. 13-34. Dordrecht: Springer.

2008 Bellwood, P., J. Stevenson, E. Dizon, A. Mijares, G. Lacsina and E. Robles. Where are the Neolithic landscapes of Ilocos Norte? Hukay 13:25-38. Manila.

2008 Die erste reiche Ernte (“History’s first bountiful harvest”). In James A. Robinson and Klaus Wiegandt eds, Die Ursprünge der modernen Welt, pp. 166-213. Frankfurt-am-Main: Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag.

2009 Bellwood, Peter and Peter Hiscock. Holocene Australia and the Pacific Basin. In Chris Scarre ed., The Human Past, second revised edition, pp. 264-305. London: Thames and Hudson.

2009 Early farmers: issues of spread and migration with respect to the Indian Subcontinent. In Toshiki Osada ed., Linguistics, Archaeology and Human Past in South Asia, pp. 55-69. New Delhi: Manohar.

2009 The dispersals of established food-producing populations. Current Anthropology 50:621-6, with comments pp. 707-8.

2010 La diffusion des populations d’agriculteurs dans le monde. In J-P. Demoule ed., La Revolution Neolithique dans le Monde, pp. 239-62. Paris: CNRS Editions.

2010 Language families and the history of human migration. In John Bowden, Nikolaus Himmelmann and Malcolm Ross, eds, A Journey through Austronesian and Papuan linguistic and cultural space: Papers in honour of Andrew K. Pawley, pp. 79-93. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.

2011 Bellwood, P., Chambers, G., Ross, M. and Hung, H-C. 2011. Are “cultures” inherited? Multidisciplinary perspectives on the origins and migrations of Austronesian-speaking peoples prior to 1000 BC. In B. Roberts and M. Van der Linden, eds. Investigating Archaeological Cultures: Material Culture, Variability and Transmission, pp. 321-54. Dordrecht: Springer.

2011 Bellwood, P., Hung Hsiao-chun and Iizuka, Y. 2011. Taiwan jade in the Philippines: 3000 years of trade and long-distance interaction. In P. Benitez-Johannot ed., Paths of Origins: Austronesia in the Collections of the National Museum of the Philippines, the Museum Nasional Indonesia, and the Netherlands Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde, pp. 30-41. Manila: ArtPostAsia.

2011 La dispersione dei primi agricoltori e delle famiglie linguistiche in Estremo Oriente. In R. Ciarla and M. Scarpati eds, La Cina, volume 1, Preistoria e origini della civilta Cinese, pp. 369-96.
In press. Holocene population history in the Pacific region as a model for world-wide food producer dispersals. Current Anthropology 52.

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