Jane Balme

Emeritus Professor Jane Balme

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2018
  • Section(s): Archaeology


Jane Balme is Professor of Archaeology and Head of School in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Western Australia. She is internationally renowned for her diverse contributions to the archaeology of Indigenous Australia, especially the Pleistocene period, and for her research on the subject of colonisation of new continents. Her excavations and reporting of archaeological sites dating to this early period of human occupation of the continent have provided crucial data on which subsequent syntheses and interpretation have been based.

Her work on gender roles in archaeological interpretation is widely cited and she has made significant contributions to the discipline through curriculum development and review across the Higher Education Sector.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.