Peter Bellwood is an Emeritus Professor at the ANU School of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Professor Bellwood’s research interests cover 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.

In 2021, Professor Bellwood became the first Australian to win the International Cosmos Prize.

Fields of expertise



Ancient DNA unearths cultural ‘explosion’ in the Pacific

DNA analysis of ancient human remains has shed new light on an “explosion” of intermixing cultures and genetics in an island region…


ANU archaeologist awarded top honour for life’s work

An Emeritus Professor at The Australian National University (ANU) whose work has changed the way we think about…

15 July 2021

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