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Professor Adam Brumm


Adam Brumm

ARC Future Fellow
Environmental Futures Research Institute
+61 (0)7 3735 8486 (Work)
N78 2.23, Nathan Campus

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Adam Brumm is a professor of archaeology and an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow. His research focuses on the deep-time story of humans in Indonesia; especially in Wallacea, the vast zone of oceanic islands lying east of the Asian continental shelf and the gateway to ancient Australia. Discoveries made by Brumm's team include: finding 700,000-year-old fossils from a diminutive Flores hominin that may be ancestral to Homo floresiensis (the Flores 'Hobbit'); unearthing the earliest known archaeological evidence for hominin occupation in Flores and Sulawesi; and Uranium-Series dating (with Prof Maxime 'Max' Aubert) of ice age rock paintings in Sulawesi and Borneo, challenging the long-accepted thinking that the first cave art arose in Europe. In 2014, his team's discovery of 40,000-year-old rock art in Sulawesi was ranked by Science as one of the year's top-10 biggest scientific breakthroughs and in 2019 it was included in National Geographic's list of the 20 most significant scientific discoveries of the decade. Brumm completed his PhD in archaeology at The Australian National University (2003-2007) and undertook postdoctoral fellowships at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research (University of Cambridge) and the Centre for Archaeological Science (University of Wollongong) before coming to Griffith University in 2014. He previously held an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) and was co-chief investigator on a 5-year ARC Discovery project aimed at finding fossil evidence for the evolution of Homo floresiensis. Brumm has received research excellence awards from both Griffith University and the University of Wollongong and has twice been awarded the Australian Archaeological Association's 'Ulm-Ross Prize' for best paper in the Australian Archaeology journal. In 2019 he was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.


  • Member
    Environmental Futures Research Institute1 Jan 2014
  • Head of Archaeology
    Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution, AustraliaJun 2016


  • Bachelor of Arts
    University of Queensland1 Jan 1995 - 1 Jan 1997
  • Doctor Of Philosophy
    The Australian National University1 Jan 2003 - 1 Jan 2007
  • Bachelor Of Arts With Honours
    James Cook University1 Jan 1999 - 1 Jan 2000