• The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 370 Citations
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Personal profile


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.

Funding overview

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

Previous positions

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

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)

Industrial relevance

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

Teaching overview

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)


My research to date has been in three principal areas
1. Subsistence and Social organisation in Pleistocene Australia.
2. The development of gendered social organisation.
3.Archaeology as a discipline.


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

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area of activity Social Sciences
Western Australia Arts & Humanities
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Projects 1997 2013

Research Output 1996 2018

2 Citations

Carpenters Gap 1: A 47,000 year old record of Indigenous adaption and innovation.

Maloney, T., O'Connor, S., Rachel, W., Ken, A. & Balme, J., 2018, In : Quaternary Science Reviews. 191, p. 204-228 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Last Glacial Maximum

Communal hunting by Aboriginal Australians: Archaeological and ethnographic evidence

Balme, J., May 2018, The Archaeology of Large-Scale Manipulation of Prey: The Economic and Social Dynamics of Mass Hunting. Carlson, K. & Bement, L. C. (eds.). 1 ed. Louisville, Colorado: University Press of Colorado, p. 42-62 19 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

archaeological evidence
indigenous population
food supply
coastal plain
land management
habitat mosaic

Marine shell ornaments in northwestern Australian archaeological sites: different meanings over time and space

Balme, J., O'Connor, S. & Langley, M., 2018, The Archaeology of Portable Art : Southeast Asian, Pacific and Australian Perspectives. Langley, M., Litster, M., Wright, D. & May, S. (eds.). 1 ed. London: Routledge, p. 258-273 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter


New dates on dingo bones from Madura Cave provide oldest firm evidence for arrival of the species in Australia

Balme, J., O’Connor, S. & Fallon, S., 1 Dec 2018, In : Scientific Reports. 8, 1, 9933.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Bone and Bones


Bunuba Lifeways project

Balme, J. (Creator), Winton, V. (Creator), Carson, A. (Creator), McDonald, J. (Creator), The University of Western Australia, 22 Oct 2012