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Dr Judith Cameron

B.A. (ANU), Grad. Dip. Chinese Art and Archaeology (SOAS), M. Phil. (Griffith), PhD (ANU)
ARC Future Fellow, School of Culture, History & Language
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
T: +61 2 61254312

Areas of expertise

  • Archaeology Of Asia, Africa And The Americas 210103

Research interests

Southeast Asian Archaeology, Textile Technology, Women, Vietnam, South China

Biography

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 Southeast Asian prehistory.

Career highlights

ARC Future Fellow 2013-17 Chief Investigator

ARC Research Fellow 2008-2011 Chief Investigator

ARC International Fellow 2007

ARC Fellowship 2004-7

I am currently the grateful recipient of an ARC Future Fellowship (2013-2016) to investigate the archaeological evidence for long-distance trade and interaction on the Maritime Silk Route. The 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 the following international archaeology projects in Southeast Asia and the Pacific:

  • The Maritime Silk Route: West meets East Chief Investigator
  • The Origins of Angkor Project directed by Prof. Charles Higham (University of Otago) and Dr Rachanie Thosarat (The Fine Arts Department of Thailand)
  • The Origins of Complex Societies in Sulawesi Project (OXIS) directed by Dr David Bulbeck (ANU) and Prof. Bagyo Prasetyo (Indonesian National Research Centre for Archaeology)
  • The Rapa Island Project directed by Prof. Atholl Anderson (Australian National University) and Prof. Douglas Kennett (University of Oregon)
  • The Origins of Rice Project (SAJOR) directed by the late Prof. Scotty McNeish (Andover Foundation), Prof. Yan Wenming (Peking University) and the Jiangxi Institute of Archaeology
  • The Thai/Italian Archaeological Lopburi Regional Archaeological Project directed by Dr Fiorella Rispoli and Dr Roberto Ciarla  (Italian Institute for Africa and the Orient) and Surapol Natapintu (Fine Arts Department of Thailand).
  • The Niah Cave Project directed by Prof. Graeme Barker (University of Cambridge) ARC International Fellowship to J. Cameron 2007
  • The Dong Son Textile Project, a joint Australian/Vietnamese ARC funded project directed by Prof. Peter Bellwood  (ANU), Dr Nguyen Viet and Dr Bui Van Liem (Institute of Archaeology, Hanoi) with conservators from the National Museum of Australia. ARC Post-doctoral Fellowship awarded to J. Cameron 2004-2007 
  • The Indian Textile Project ARC Research Fellowship 2008-2012 Chief Investigator
  • The Archaeology of Batujaya Project led by Prof. Pierre-Yves Manguin (EFEO) and the Urasan Arkeologi Nasional (Indonesia)

Available student projects

Australian Research Council Project, The Maritime Silk Route: West meets East

Publications

Projects and Grants

Grants are drawn from ARIES. To add Projects or Grants please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  30 March 2017 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers