BA, Hons I, PhD, Principal Research Fellow (DECRA)
Full member Environmental Futures Research Institute
Adam Brumm is a principal research fellow and head of archaeology within the Australian Research Centre of Human Evolution (ARCHE), a newly formed (2016) research group based in the Environmental Futures Research Institute at Griffith University. His main area of expertise is the archaeology of Pleistocene (‘Ice Age’) humans in Indonesia. Field projects currently underway are focused on the Wallacean islands of Flores and Sulawesi, where he is addressing major issues surrounding our understanding of early human evolution in this region and the origin of modern cultural diversity. Brumm’s research has also explored archaeological evidence for the emergence of modern human cognition and advanced social behaviours, including symbolic aspects of stone tool use in ancient Australia. In 2014, Science ranked his discovery (with M. Aubert and Indonesian colleagues) of 40,000-year-old rock art on Sulawesi as one of the top 10 most important scientific breakthroughs of that year. In 2016, Brumm and team published a series of discoveries in the world’s leading scientific journal, Nature, including the first evidence that Sulawesi was inhabited by an archaic hominin species, and the unearthing of fossils from the hominin that gave rise to Homo floresiensis.
Recognition & awards
- Inaugural Griffith University Vice-Chancellor’s Research Excellence Award for Outstanding Research Achievement (2014)
- Ulm-Ross Prize for the Best Paper (with M.W. Moore) in Australian Archaeology (2011-2012)
- University of Wollongong 2012 Vice-Chancellor’s Research Excellence Award for an Emerging Researcher
- Finalist in the 2012 Scopus Young Australasian Researcher Award (Humanities and Social Sciences)
- Dorothy Cameron Prize for Best Student Publication (2007), Centre for Archaeological Research, The Australian National University.
- Palaeolithic archaeology
- Human evolution
- Southeast Asian hominins
- Homo floresiensis
- Evolution of cultural complexity
- Mr David McGahan
- Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (Chief Investigator: Brumm): “A world of its own: earliest human occupation of the Maros karsts in Southwest Sulawesi, Indonesia”, $372,600 (2013-2015)
- Australian Research Council Discovery Project (Chief Investigators: Morwood, Brumm): “In search of the first Asian hominins: excavations at Mata Menge, Flores, Indonesia”, $1,075,000 (2010-2015)
- Wenner-Gren Foundation Post-Ph.D. Research Grant (Chief Investigator: Brumm): “A world apart: earliest human occupation of Sulawesi”, $28,000 (2013)
- Brumm*, A., G.D. van den Bergh*, M. Storey, I. Kurniawan*, B.V. Alloway, R. Setiawan, E. Setiyabudi, R. Grün, M.W. Moore, D. Yurnaldi, M.R. Puspaningrum, U.P. Wibowo, H. Insani, I. Sutisna, J.A. Westgate, N.J.G. Pearce, M. Duval, H.J.M. Meijer, F. Aziz, T. Sutikna, S. van der Kaars, S. Flude & M.J. Morwood, 2016. Age and context of the oldest known hominin fossils from Flores. Nature 534, 249–253.
- van den Bergh*, G.D., Y. Kaifu*, I. Kurniawan, R. Kono, A. Brumm, E. Setiyabudi, F. Aziz & M.J. Morwood, 2016. Homo floresiensis-like fossils from the early Middle Pleistocene of Flores. Nature 534, 245–248.
- Sutikna*, T., M.W. Tocheri*, M.J. Morwood, E.W. Saptomo, Jatmiko, R.D. Awe, S. Wasisto, K.E. Westaway, M. Aubert, Bo Li, J.-xin Zhao, M. Storey, B.V. Alloway, M.W. Morley, H.J.M. Meijer, G.D. van den Bergh, R. Grün, A. Dosseto, A. Brumm, W.L. Jungers & R.G. Roberts, 2016. Revised stratigraphy and chronology for Homo floresiensis at Liang Bua in Indonesia. Nature 532, 366–369.
- van den Bergh, G.D., Bo Li, A. Brumm, R. Grün, D. Yurnaldi, M.W. Moore, I. Kurniawan, R. Setiawan, F. Aziz, R.G. Roberts, Suyono, M. Storey, E. Setiabudi & M.J. Morwood, 2016. Earliest hominin occupation of Sulawesi, Indonesia. Nature 529, 208–211.
- Aubert, M., A. Brumm, M. Ramli T. Sutikna, E.W. Saptomo, B. Hakim, M.J. Morwood, G. D. van den Bergh, L. Kinsley & A. Dosetto, 2014. Pleistocene cave art from Sulawesi, Indonesia. Nature 514, 223–227.
- Brumm, A. & M.W. Moore 2012. Biface distributions and the Movius Line: a Southeast Asian perspective. Australian Archaeology 74, 32–46.
- Brumm, A. & A. McLaren, 2011. Scraper reduction and ‘imposed form’ at the Lower Palaeolithic site of High Lodge, England. Journal of Human Evolution 60, 185–204.
- Brumm, A., G. Jensen, G.D. van den Bergh, M.J. Morwood, I. Kurniawan, F. Aziz & M. Storey, 2010. Hominins on Flores, Indonesia, by one million years ago. Nature 464, 748–753.
- Brumm, A., 2010. ‘The falling sky’: symbolic and cosmological associations of the Mt William greenstone axe quarry, central Victoria, Australia. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 20, 179–196.
- Moore, M.W., T. Sutikna, Jatmiko, M.J. Morwood & A. Brumm, 2009. Continuities in stone flaking technology at Liang Bua, Flores, Indonesia. Journal of Human Evolution 57, 503–526.
- Moore, M.W. & A. Brumm, 2007. Stone artifacts and hominins in island Southeast Asia: new insights from Flores, eastern Indonesia. Journal of Human Evolution 52, 85–102.
- Szabó, K., A. Brumm & P. Bellwood, 2007. Shell artefact production at 32,000-28,000 BP in island Southeast Asia: thinking across media? Current Anthropology 48, 701–723.
- Brumm, A., F. Aziz, G.D. van den Bergh, M.J. Morwood, M.W. Moore, D.R. Hobbs, I. Kurniawan & R. Fullagar, 2006. Early stone technology on Flores and its implications for Homo floresiensis. Nature 441, 624–628.
- Brumm, A. & M.W. Moore, 2005. Symbolic revolutions and the Australian archaeological record. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 15, 157–175.