Dr Brit Asmussen

Dr Brit Asmussen is the Senior Curator of Archaeology, Indigenous Cultures, in the Cultures and Histories Program at the Queensland Museum and Sciencentre, Southbank. Brit is also a Research Affiliate with the University of Sydney. Brit is been involved in a number of archaeological and anthropological research projects investigating people-land-resource relationships in Australia, Torres Strait and PNG. Her recent book focuses on the effects of past ENSO-driven climate change on societies in Eastern Australia over the last 10 000 years. Her research has been funded by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, The Wenner-Gren Foundation, Australian Institute of Nuclear Sciences and Engineering, and held a Collections Fellowship with the Australian Museum. She has contributed one book and over 20 articles in the archaeology of Australia, PNG and Torres Strait, Museum collections and repatriation. She is on the Editorial Advisory Boards for Australian Archaeology and Queensland Archaeological Research and was a social media editor for Australian Archaeology. Brit researches in Australian archaeology, investigating Aboriginal animal and plant management and use, taphonomy, zooarchaeology, ethnobotany, experimental archaeology and Aboriginal objects held in museum collections. Her research currently investigates past resource use, the impacts of past climate changes, and socio-cultural change.

Brit is a PI on the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH: a major new research and education initiative that brings together leading Australian universities with strategically important Australian and international partners to tell the epic story of Australia’s rich and distinctive natural and human history by revolutionising our knowledge of the events and processes that have shaped this nation, and combining that knowledge with cutting-edge modelling techniques to manage and protect our natural and cultural resources into the future.

She has previously worked as an adjunct lecturer in Archaeology in the Archaeology Program at the University of Queensland and a contract zooarchaeologist and archaeological consultant for the University of Queensland’s Cultural Heritage Unit (UQCHU).

Current Projects

Partner Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage https://cabah.org/

Faunal resource use and climatic variability in Queensland (supported by AIATSIS and AINSE research grants)

Reconstructing The papyrus roll of Amenhotep

Repatriation of the Burnett River Rock Engravings


Awakening: Stories from the Torres Strait

Ancient Egypt: The Queensland Museum Collection






Senior Curator of Archaeology, Indigenous Cultures, Cultural Environments Program

Partner Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage


Doctor of Philosophy in Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology (ANU)

BA Honours Class 1 - Anthropology and Archaeology (UQ)

BA - Double Major in Anthropology (UQ)