Anthony F. Granucci Fund for archaeological research in Indonesia and Timor Leste

The Granucci Committee met in March 2024 to consider 27 applications to the Granucci Fund. 

The following seven projects were funded:

Archaeological survey of West Maggarai, Island of Flores, using Verhoeven's reports from the 1950s

Nico Alamsyah, I Made Julianto and Eugenius Wisnuwardhana

Badan Riset dan Inovasi Nasional (BRIN) | Udayana University | Indonesian Archaeological Association

Radiocarbon dating of the lithic industy from Gua Arca, Kangean Island

Alifah and Marlin Tolla

BRIN | Gadjah Mada University

Radiocarbon dating of Middle Holocene flexed burials at the Cappa Lombo site in the Bontocani karst area, South Sulawesi

Fakhri, Delta Bayu Murti, Erwin Saraka, Yulisatri Yulia and Muhamad Nur

BRIN | Hasanuddin University | Wallace Heritage Indonesia

A BLK360 photogrammetric survey and DJI LiDAR drone survey of the Lebak Cibedug site, Benten, Java

Harriyadi, Dimas Nugroho, Dewangga Mahardian, Fuad Pranoto and Try Wardana


Exploratory research to look for new rock art sites in the karst area of Bukit Bulan, Sarolangun, Jambi Province

Irsyad Leihitu and Ari Mukti Wardoyo Adi

University of Jambi

The chronology of plank built watercraft and their correlation with human migration in prehistoric and protohistoric Island Southeast Asia

Agni Mochtar

University of Naples | BRIN

Distribution and chronology of black pigment rock art in the Matarombeo karst mountains, North Konawe, Southeast Sulawesi

M Sabri, Adhi Agus Oktaviana and Saswal Ukba

University of Indonesia | BRIN

This was the largest number of applications in the history of the Granucci Fund, which was able to award a total of 13,900 Australian dollars this year

Congratulations to the 2024 Granucci Fund Grantees!

About the Granucci Fund

The Anthony F. Granucci Fund, through the Australian National University (ANU), will make capital available to fund small research grants to qualified applicants. This is targeted towards archaeologists who are nationals of Indonesia and Timor Leste.

The fund has been established to encourage younger researchers – in general those under the age of forty five – who are of Indonesian and Timorese nationality or who are resident in the Republic of Indonesia or the Republic of Timor Leste.

Pengumuman ini ditujukan bagi para arkeolog Indonesia dan Timor Leste. Anthony F. Granucci Fund, melalui Australian National University (ANU), akan memberikan modal untuk mendanai penelitian kecil kepada pelamar yang memenuhi syarat.

Dana penelitian diberikan untuk mendorong para peneliti muda – secara umum mereka yang berumur di bawah empat puluh lima tahun – yang berkewarganegaraan Indonesia dan Timor Leste, atau yang bertempat tinggal di Republik Indonesia atau Republik Timor Leste.

Topic Area

The topic area shall be the prehistory and protohistory of the geographical area covered at the time of the creation of the fund by the territory of the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of Timor Leste. For purposes of this fund, prehistory and protohistory shall include the time period beginning from 50,000 BP to and including the Early Metal Age (to 1000 BP).

Awardees of grants shall be obligated to submit reports on their work and utilisation of funds and to submit a final report or paper in the Indonesian or English languages.

Anthony F. Granucci

The late Anthony F. Granucci, an attorney by profession, with a lifelong interest in archaeology, lived in Indonesia from 1972 to 1987. During his residence in Jakarta he developed a deep interest in Indonesian culture and in particular the prehistory of insular Southeast Asia, which he studied as an “informed observer”.

Upon retiring from the legal profession in 2003 for medical reasons, Anthony turned to the full time study of Archaeology and obtained a Master’s degree (with distinction) in Archaeology and Ancient History from the University of Leicester in England in 2004. His dissertation, entitled The Design Principles of Prehistoric Monumental Architecture in Java and Bali, examined the architectural design elements of terraced ceremonial structures (punden berundak). He also published a book on the art history of the Lesser Sunda Islands, entitled The Art of the Lesser Sundas (Editions Didier Millet, Singapore, 2005).

Long aware of the crucial lack of funding available for local researchers, Anthony established this fund to provide research grants to young Indonesian and Timorese archaeologists in the hope of encouraging the next generation of local archaeologists. He saw the creation of the fund as his best way to make a lasting contribution to the archaeology of the region.


Applications for the 2024 round have now closed.

Applications may be submitted in Indonesian or English. There is no official application form; please follow the instructions below.

Research grants will not exceed A$5000 per applicant. Please submit your application in the following format, up to three pages maximum of single-spaced text (not including the curriculum vitae):

1.        Full name of applicant (and co-applicants if a joint application)

2.        Institutional address

3.        Gender and date of birth

4.        Nationality

5.        Title of project

6.        Total amount requested (not over A$5000)

7.        200 word abstract of research proposal

8.        Date of commencement and duration of project

9.        Budget itemization in rupiahs, US$ (Timor-Leste), or A$. (NB: for successful applicants, following the completion of the research, it will be necessary to submit an acquittal of expenditure). The Granucci Fund cannot provide automatic per diem payments (“honoraria”, “lumpsum”) to applicants. However, it can provide daily wage payments to local assistants and field labour, as well as travel, food, and accommodation costs.

10.   Describe your project in 2000 words or less. Describe your research question, aims and objectives, and the rationale for the investigation. Describe previous work on the topic, and explain how you will address it. If necessary, refer to existing literature and provide a list of references. Give precise details of the location(s) of your chosen fieldwork area(s). Provide a clear map, and give details of access to the chosen location. List also the necessary authorities in Indonesia or Timor Leste who will need to give permission for the research to proceed.

11.     Regarding excavation, some deposits, especially in caves, have great depth and require multiple field seasons in order to enlarge the excavation area, provide timber reinforcement (if necessary), and make the excavation safe. Granucci can potentially fund successive excavation seasons at a single site, provided that the research results from each season demonstrate that it is merited.

12.     Please note: The Granucci Fund does not encourage “test-pitting” of previously undisturbed archaeological deposits, especially in caves. We prefer that funds be applied to activities such as radiocarbon dating and other forms of laboratory analysis within existing projects, or used to support long term archaeological projects that will produce results of significance for understanding Indonesian prehistory. The selection panel will pay close attention to these factors when they consider applications.

13.   Add your curriculum vitae, which should include a list of degrees awarded, publications, and previous research projects. Do not exceed 3 pages for the curriculum vitae.

14.   When you have compiled the application, please submit it to Professor Peter Bellwood at

At the completion of each project, a report detailing the results of the research should be sent to the funding committee. The Granucci Fund will not consider further applications if this reporting requirement is not met.

The Granucci Fund also has an agreement with the AMS Radiocarbon Laboratory at the Australian National University for the analysis of C14 samples. These cost A$350 each for charcoal and shell, and A$475 each for bone. The funds to pay for these samples are deducted from Granucci awards and retained in ANU before the awards commence. Awardees will be asked to make decisions about their desired numbers of C14 samples in their award letters. We suggest 3 samples as a reasonable estimate for projects that involve excavation.

Awardees may also send dating samples to other laboratories, in which case the requested funding will be sent to them with the rest of the grant.

Currenly, this panel consists of Peter Bellwood, Sofia Samper Carro, Sue O’Connor, and Philip Piper.

Pengumuman: The Anthony F. Granucci Fund untuk penelitian arkeologi di Indonesia dan Timor Leste

Bidang topik

Bidang topik haruslah prasejarah dan protosejarah yang masuk dalam wilayah Indonesia dan Timor Leste pada saat dana penelitian ini dibuat. Dana penelitian ini diberikan untuk penelitian yang mencakup kajian prasejarah dan protosejarah dengan kurun waktu dimulai sejak 50.000 BP hingga Masa Logam Awal (1000 BP).

Penerima dana penelitian wajib menyerahkan laporan pekerjaan dan penggunaan dana penelitiannya dan menyerahkan suatu laporan akhir atau artikel ilmiah dalam Bahasa Indonesia atau Inggris.

Anthony F. Granucci

Alm. Anthony F. Granucci, adalah seorang pengacara, yang sepanjang hidupnya selalu tertarik pada arkeologi, dan tinggal di Indonesia sejak 1972 sampai 1987. Selama ia tinggal di Jakarta ia sangat tertarik pada  kebudayaan Indonesia, khususnya pada prasejarah Asia Tenggara kepulauan, yang dipelajarinya sebagai seorang “pengamat dan peminat”.

Ketika mundur dari profesi hukum pada tahun 2003 karena alasan kesehatan, Anthony beralih menjadi mahasiswa arkeologi dan memperoleh gelar Master (dengan pujian) dalam bidang Arkeologi dan Sejarah Kuno dari University of Leicester di Inggris pada tahun 2004. Disertasinya yang berjudul The Design Principles of Prehistoric Monumental Architecture in Java and Bali mengkaji unsur-unsur disain arsitektur punden berundak. Ia juga telah menyelesaikan sebuah buku mengenai sejarah seni kepulauan Nusa Tenggara yang berjudul The Art of the Lesser Sundas (Editions Didier Millet, Singapore, 2006).

Menyadari bahwa pendanaan yang dibutuhkan peneliti lokal sangat langka, Anthony mengupayakan pendanaan ini dengan menyediakan dana penelitian bagi para arkeolog muda Indonesia dan Timor Leste, dengan harapan untuk mendorong tumbuhnya generasi arkeolog lokal yang berikutnya. Ia menilai pembuatan pendanaan ini adalah usaha terbaiknya dalam menghasilkan kontribusi yang berkepanjangan terhadap ilmu arkeologi di Indonesia dan Timor Leste.

Pentujuk pengajuan proposal penelitian

Proposal dapat diajukan menggunakan Bahasa Indonesia atau Bahasa Inggris. Tidak ada format proposal resmi; silakan ikuti petunjuk di bawah ini.

Dana penelitian tidak melebihi dari A$5000 tiap usulan. Harap serahkan proposal dalam format berikut ini:

Setelah menyelesaikan setiap proyek, laporan yang merinci hasil penelitian harus dikirim ke komite pendanaan. Pendanaan Granucci tidak akan mempertimbangkan aplikasi lebih lanjut jika persyaratan pelaporan ini belum dipenuhi.

Pendanaan Granucci juga memiliki perjanjian dengan Laboratorium Radiokarbon AMS di Australian National University untuk analisis sampel C14. Harganya A$350 untuk setiap sampel arang dan kerang, dan A$475 untuk setiap sampel tulang. Dana untuk membayar sampel ini dapat dikurangkan dari Pendanaan Granucci dan disimpan di ANU sebelum penghargaan diberikan. Penerima akan diminta untuk membuat keputusan tentang jumlah sampel C14 yang diinginkan dalam surat penghargaan mereka. Kami menyarankan 3 sampel sebagai estimasi yang layak untuk proyek yang melibatkan penggalian.

Penerima dana juga dapat mengirim sampel pertanggalan ke laboratorium lain, dalam hal ini dana yang diminta akan dikirim kepada secara utuh.

Panel seleksi terdiri dari empat arkeolog yang tinggal di luar Indonesia dan Timor Leste. Saat ini, panel ini terdiri dari Peter Bellwood, Sofia Samper Carro, Sue O’Connor, dan Philip Piper.