|I am an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at Griffith University's Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution (ARCHE), which is based within Griffith's Environmental Futures Research Institute. I am also the head of ARCHE's archaeology program. My main research interests include investigating the pattern and timing of the hominin colonisation of the Wallacean archipelago east of continental Asia and the later dispersal and evolution of early humans throughout the region, including our own species. Current field programs are based on the islands of Sulawesi and Flores in the east of Indonesia, where I have worked since 2010 and 2003, respectively. I am also interested in all aspects of the 'symbolic' uses of artefacts in the ancient human past and evidence for prehistoric art and symbolic expression generally, in particular in Pleistocene ('Ice Age') Asia. I was part of the team that discovered 40,000-year-old cave paintings on Sulawesi, challenging the conventional story that rock art and figurative depiction emerged in Europe. Previously, I have been awarded two ARC postdoctoral research fellowships, including a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (2013-15). I have also held a postdoctoral research position within the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge (2007-09). In addition to my Sulawesi and Flores projects, I have conducted grant-funded archaeological research in Borneo, Java, India, Australia and England.|
- Archaeological Science
- Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Americas
- Brumm, A. (2018). Lightning teeth and Ponari sweat: Folk theories and magical uses of prehistoric stone axes (and adzes) in Island Southeast Asia and the origin of thunderstone beliefs. Australian Archaeology, 84(1), 37–55.
- Aubert, M., Brumm, A., & Tacon, P. (2017). The timing and nature of human colonization of Southeast Asia in the Late Pleistocene. A rock art perspective. Current Anthropology, 58(17), 553–566.
- Brumm, A. (2017). The Alps, high gods, and the great flood: stone axe exchange and cosmology in Aboriginal south-eastern Australia – a response to Hiscock’s “Beyond the Dreamtime.” Australian Archaeology, 83, 56–70.
- Brumm, A., Langley, M., Moore, M. W., Hakim, B., Ramli, M., Sumantri, I., … Grun, R. (2017). Early human symbolic behavior in the Late Pleistocene of Wallacea. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 114(16), 4105–4110.
- Bergh, G. D. van den, Kaifu, Y., Kurniawan, I., Kono, R. T., Brumm, A., Setiyabudi, E., … Morwood, M. J. (2016). Homo floresiensis-like fossils from the early Middle Pleistocene of Flores. Nature, 534, 245–248.
- Bergh, G. D. van den, Li, B., Brumm, A., Grun, R., Yurnaldi, D., Moore, M. W., … Morwood, M. J. (2016). Earliest hominin occupation of Sulawesi, Indonesia. Nature, 529(7585), 208–211.
- Brumm, A., Bergh, G. D. van den, Storey, M., Kurniawan, I., Alloway, B. V., Setiawan, R., … Morwood, M. J. (2016). Age and context of the oldest known hominin fossils from Flores. Nature, 534, 249–253.
- Li, B., Roberts, R. G., Brumm, A., Guo, Y.-J., Hakim, B., Ramli, M., … Saptomo, E. W. (2016). IRSL dating of fast-fading sanidine feldspars from Sulawesi, Indonesia. Ancient TL, 34(2), 1–13.
- Sutikna, T., Tocheri, M. W., Morwood, M. J., Saptomo, E. W., Awe, R. D., Wasisto, S., … Roberts, R. G. (2016). Revised stratigraphy and chronology for Homo floresiensis at Liang Bua in Indonesia. Nature, 532, 366–369.
- Meijer, H., Kurniawan, K., Setiabudi, E., Brumm, A., Sutikna, T., Setiawan, R., & Bergh, G. D. van den. (2015). Avian remains from the Early/Middle Pleistocene of the Soa Basin, central Flores, Indonesia, and their palaeoenvironmental significance. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 440, 161–171.
- Aubert, M., Brumm, A., Ramli, M., Sutikna, T., Saptomo, E. W., Hakim, B., … Dosseto, A. (2014). Pleistocene cave art from Sulawesi, Indonesia. Nature, 514, 223–227.
- Tacon, P. S. C., Brumm, A., & Aubert, M. (2014). 40,000 year old rock art found in Indonesia. The Conversation, 9-10-14, 1–4.
- Brumm, A., & Moore, M. W. (2012). Biface distributions and the Movius Line: a Southeast Asian perspective. Australian Archaeology, 74, 32–46.
- Shipton, C., Petraglia, M. D., Koshy, J., Bora, J., Brumm, A., Boivin, N. L., … Fuller, D. (2012). Lithic technology and social transformations in the South Indian Neolithic: The evidence from Sanganakallu-Kupgal. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 31(2), 156–173.
- Brumm, A. (2011). Power tools: symbolic considerations of stone axe production and exchange in 19th century south-eastern Australia. In Stone Axe Studies III (pp. 85–98).
- Brumm, A., & McLaren, A. (2011). Scraper reduction and imposed form at the Lower Palaeolithic site of High Lodge, England. Journal of Human Evolution, 60(2), 185–204.
- Brumm, A., & Rainey, A. (2011). The Acheulean Downunder: modern human handaxes from the Barkly Tableland of northern Australia. Lithics: Journal of the Lithic Studies Society, 32, 49–61.
- (2018). Genomic library infrastructure for ancient environmental samples
- (2016). Extinct hominins and early humans on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi
- (2014). A world apart: Earliest human occupation of the Maros karst in South Sulawesi, Indonesia
- (2013). A world of its own: Earliest human occupation of the Maros karsts in southwest Sulawesi, Indonesia
- (2010). In search of the first Asian hominins: excavations at Mata Menge, Flores, Indonesia
PhD Doctor Of Philosophy, The Australian National University 2003 - 2007
BA Bachelor Of Arts With Honours, James Cook University 1999 - 2000
BA Bachelor of Arts, University of Queensland 1995 - 1997
Principal Research Fellow (ARC Future Fellow), Environmental Futures Research Institute, Griffith University 2016 - 2017
Senior Research Fellow/DECRA Fellow, Environmental Futures Research Institute, Griffith University 2014 - 2016
Senior Research Fellow (DECRA Fellow), Centre for Archaeological Science, University of Wollongong 2013 - 2014
Research Fellow, Centre for Archaeological Science, University of Wollongong 2012 - 2013
ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow (APD Fellow), Centre for Archaeological Science, University of Wollongong 2009 - 2012
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge 2007 - 2009
Future Fellowship Award, Australian Research Council 2017 -
Pro-Vice Chancellor’s Research Excellence Award for Excellence of a Research Group (ARCHE), Griffith University (Sciences) - 2016
Postdoctoral Research Award (APD Fellowship), Australian Research Council 2009 - 2012
Inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Research Excellence Award for Outstanding Research Achievement, Griffith University - 2014
Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA), Australian Research Council 2013 - 2015
Vice-Chancellor’s Research Excellence Award for an Emerging Researcher, University of Wollongong - 2012
Inaugural Ulm-Ross Prize for the Best Paper in Australian Archaeology, Australian Archaeological Association 2011 - 2012
The Australian National University Ph.D. Co-Funded Stipend Scholarship, The Australian National University 2003 - 2007
Honourary Senior Research Fellow, School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Wollongong 2014 - 2017