Dr Brit Asmussen

Dr Brit Asmussen is Curator of Archaeology, in the Cultural Environments Program at the Queensland Museum, Southbank.

Brit joined the Queensland Museum in 2011. She has previously worked as an adjunct lecturer in taphonomy, zooarchaeology and environmental archaeology in the Archaeology Program at the University of Queensland, a contract zooarchaeologist and archaeological consultant for the University of Queensland’s Cultural Heritage Unit (UQCHU) and was Postdoctoral Fellow with the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, America, and held a Collections Fellowship at the Australian Museum, Sydney.

Brit has been involved in a number of archaeological research projects investigating the relationships between past climatic change, technological and subsistence strategies and landscape use. Brit regularly used taphonomic and experimental techniques to unlock information from the archaeological record.

Her recent research focuses on the effects of past ENSO-driven climate change on societies in Eastern Australia over the last 10 000 years.


Awakening: Stories from the Torres Strait

Ancient Egypt: The Queensland Museum Collection


Investigating faunal resource use and climatic variability in mid- to late- Holocene subcoastal Queensland (supported by AIATSIS and AINSE research grants)

The papyrus roll of Amenhotep




Curator of Archaeology, Cultural Environments Program


BA - Double Major in Anthropology (UQ)

BA Honours Class 1 - Anthropology and Archaeology (UQ)

PhD in Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology (ANU)