Dr Judith Cameron

B.A. (ANU), Grad. Dip. Chinese Art and Archaeology (SOAS), M. Phil. (Griffith), PhD (ANU)
Honorary Associate Professor
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Archaeology Of Asia, Africa And The Americas 210103

Research interests

Southeast Asian Archaeology, Textile Technology, Vietnam, South China


My research focus is archaeological textiles, a generic term for a wide range of prehistoric fibre artefacts including cordage, basketry, matting and textiles and the tools used to produce them.  The aim of the research is to use this specilialized data to provide insights into central issues in archaeology.

The results of my ARC Future Fellowship (2013-2016) to investigate the archaeological evidence for long-distance trade and interaction on the Maritime Silk Route far exceeded expectations.  Excavations at Hoa Loc in Thanh Hoa Province yielded evidence for the earliest Neolithic stone workshop in Vietnam as well new radicarbon dates that now assign the Hoa Loc site to the Early Neolithic. 

An earlier highlight of my career was the discovery and successful recovery (with Prof. Peter Bellwood) of a complete textile shroud from a waterlogged Dongson boat-burial from Dong Xa in the Red River region of northern Vietnam in 2004. The find was significant in Vietnamese archaeology as it was the first complete shroud and Dongson clothing found. The excavation funded, by the ARC, was a joint Australian/Vietnamese Archaeology Project with the National Museum of Australia and written up in Science, 21 April 2006, 312, p. 360.  

Researcher's projects

Over the past decade, I have been involved as the textile specialist on 15 international archaeology projects in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, including the Origins of Angkor Project and the Niah Cave Project.

  • Hoa Loc Revisited Project with Professor Bui Van Liem, Vietnam Institute of Archaeology (current)
  • Tianluoshan Project with Professor Sun Guoping (Zhejiang Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology and Tianluoshan Site Museum (current)
  • Zhejiang Neolithic Cloth Production with the China National Silk Museum (current) 

Past student projects

Tracy Martens, M. Arch. Science (High Distinction), awarded 2014

Tracy Martens, PhD Fibre technology in the Caleta Vitor Archaeological Complex, Northern Chile,

Awarded December 2019 



Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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