via the Global Australian Awards, 14 September 2023: Finalist Prof. Armand Mijares is an esteemed archaeologist specializing in the prehistory of Southeast Asia, with significant contributions to the discovery of Homo luzonensis and the Callao Cave Archaeological Project.
Prof Armand Salvador B. Mijares is a renowned archaeologist, whose discoveries have led to the identification of a new human-related species. A Professor of Archaeology at the University of the Philippines-Diliman, Armand specialises in early human migration from Africa to Southeast Asia. He gained global recognition in 2019 after he and his team discovered the bones of two adults and a child during multiple archaeological digs in Callao Cave, from a previously unknown human-related species now called Homo luzonensis. Through uranium-series dating, the bones were found to be 50,000 to 67,000 years old – making them the earliest human remains to be discovered in the Philippines.