Peter Bellwood

Peter Stafford Bellwood (born Leicester, England, 1943) is Emeritus Professor of Archaeology in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra.[1]

Education and careerEdit

He received his BA and PhD from King's College Cambridge in 1966 and 1980 respectively. His areas of specialization include the prehistory of Southeast Asia and the Pacific from archaeological, linguistic and biological perspectives; the worldwide origins of agriculture and resulting cultural, linguistic and biological developments; and the prehistory of human migration. He is currently researching with Philip J. Piper and Lam My Dzung on an archaeological fieldwork project, funded by the Australian Research Council, on Neolithic sites in Vietnam.[2]

Professor Bellwood was the Secretary-General of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association (1990 to 2009) and was formerly the editor of the Bulletin of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association (now the Journal of Indo-Pacific Archaeology).

His books have been translated into French, Greek, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Indonesian.

Awards and recognitionEdit

He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, a corresponding fellow of the British Academy, and an honorary fellow of the Associazione Internationale di Studi sul Mediterraneo e l'Oriente (Rome).[2]

In July 2021 Bellwood won the International Cosmos Prize, being the first Australian recipient.[3]


Books (selected)Edit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Professor Peter Bellwood". Alumni. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b Professor Peter Bellwood, School of Archaeology and Anthropology of the Australian National University.
  3. ^ "ANU archaeologist awarded top honour for life's work". Australian National University. 15 July 2021. Archived from the original on 15 July 2021. Retrieved 19 July 2021.