Researcher Profile

Professor Jane Balme

Jane Balme
Jane Balme

Phone: +61 8 6488 3825

Research Expertise:
  • Pleistocene archaeology
  • Archaeology of gender
  • The archaeology of Indigenous Australia
  • Ecological archaeology
  • Faunal analysis in archaeology
  • Hunter-gatherer archaeology


I currently teach:
Digging up the Past (ARCY1101)
Archaeological Field Methods (ARCY2226)
Archaeological Field Methods (ARCY2227)
Indigenous Australian Archaeology (ARCY 2215 &2225)
Studies in Management Archaeology (ARCY 2271)

Industrial Relevance

Australian heritage, its interpretation and protection is of particular relevance to community organisations and development industries.


BSc W.Aust., PhD ANU

Current Projects

Life Ways of the First Australians and ARC funded project on early occupation in the Kimberley - with Sue O'Connor (ANU) and Moya Smith (Western Australian Museum)
Aboriginal landscape transformations in south-western Australia. ARC funded with Jo Dortch (UWA) and John Dodson (AINSE)

Previous Positions

Lecturer in Archaeology, University of New England 1986-1996.


Australian Archaeological Association
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
Australasian Quaternary Association.

Funding Received

ARC Discovery funding
ARC Linkage funding
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
Ian Potter Foundation
Australian Heritage Commission


Jane Balme began her interest in archaeology while working for the Western Australian Museum on cave sites in south west Australia. I completed my PhD at the ANU on Pleistocene fishery on the Darling River in Western New South Wales in 1989. I have worked on topics in Indigenous archaeology in a variety of regions in Australia including northern New South Wales, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

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