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The Australian National University

Dr Hsiao-chun Hung

BA & MA (National Taiwan University), PhD (ANU)
Senior Research Fellow
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
T: +61 2 6125 5975

Areas of expertise

  • Archaeology 2101

Research interests

1. Prehistory of East Asia (southern China, Taiwan), Southeast Asia, and the Mariana Islands of Western Micronesia;

2. Ancient human migrations;

3. Archaeological and historical evidence of maritime trade networks, especially around the South China Sea;

4. Ancient ornaments and artistic expressions.

Currently involved in archaeological research projects in China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, southern Thailand and the Marianas Islands 

Teaching of courses:

1. Archaeology of China (ASIA 2203);

2. Archaeology in Asia (In-country course; ASIA 3051, 6151);

3. also supervising students for Readings in Asian Societies and Histories (ASIA 3012) , Graduate Reading Course in Archaeological Science (ARCH 8038), and Archaeological Science Research Project 2 (ARCH 8031). 

Archaeology in Taiwan:   

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International Awards:

1. The 2014 Governor's Humanities Award for Research and Publication in the Commowealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (awarded in 2014, with Dr Mike Carson);

2. The 12th Excellent Research Award of Philosophy and Science of Beijing City, China (awarded in 2012, with Professor Zhang Chi of Peking University, for the publication of " The Emergence of Agriculture in Southern China" in the leading international journal "Antiquity");  

Researcher's projects

1. Evolution of the Economic Landscape in Taiwan: Looking Inward and Outward (Chief Investigator; with Dr Mike Carson/ ARC Discovery Project, Australia) (Grant No. DP150104458, 2015-2017)

2. Neolithic Transition in Island Southeast Asia: Food-production by Austronesian Migrants on Their Way from Taiwan to the Pacific (Chief Investigator; with Dr. Mike Carson/ Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation, Taipei) (Grant No. RG017-P-13, 2014-2016)

3. Landscape, Resources and Human Migration during the Southeast Asian Neolithic (Secondary Investigator/ ARC Discovery Project, Australia)(Grant No. DP140100384, 2014-2016) 

4. Archaeological Research of Austronesian Neolithic Origins and Relations at the House of Taga Site in Tinian, Mariana Islands (Chief Investigator; with Dr Mike Carson/ Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation,Taipei) (Grant No. RG021-P-10, 2011-2013)  

5. The Archaeological and Biological Foundations of Southest Asia, 2500-1000 BC (Secondary Investigator/ ARC Discovery Project, Australia)(Grant No. DP 110101097, 2011-2013) 

6. A Study of Ancient Jade Trading Networks in Prehistoric Southern China and Southeast Asia, 3000 BC to AD 500 (Chief Investigator/ ARC Discovery Project, Australia) (Grant No. DP 0987081, 2009-2012)


Other projects in which I am involved:

1. Out of Africa: Dispersal of Homo Sapiens to Asia (Chief investigator: Professor Hirofumi Matsumura), supported by KAKENHI from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), 2016-2020.

2. Study at Prehistoric Hunter-gatherers' Burial Sites in China: Understanding Human History in Eastern Part of Eurasia (Chief investigator: Professor Hirofumi Matsumura), supported by KAKENHI from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), 2013-2017.

3. Origins and Early Development of Agriculture in China (Chief investigator: Associate Dean, Professor Zhang Chi), supported by School of Archaeology and Museology, Peking University, Beijing, China, 2009-2018. 

4. The Spread of Rice Agriculture into Taiwan, Island Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands in the Middle and Late Holocene (Chief Investigator: Dr. Deng Zhenhua), supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China, 2017-2019.

Current student projects

Primary supervisor for Ph.D thesis

Tuukka KAIKKONEN: The Dispersal of Rice and Millets from China to Taiwan 6000-4000 years ago: Microbotanical Evidence from Soils and Sediments (working title) (recipient of the IPRS Scholarship/ANU, awarded in 2016)

Weiwei WANG: Neolithic Subsistence Transition in Southern China and Mainland Southeast Asia (recipient of the ANU-CSC Scholarship/ANU, awarded in 2017) 

Primary supervisor for M.A. thesis

Endong WU: TBA 

Visiting PhD students

Bing LI: TBA (recipient of the ANU-CSC Scholarship/Wuhan University, awarded in 2018) 


Past student projects

Primary supervisor for PhD thesis

Chao HUANG 2017. The Allure of Jade- T-Sectioned Bangles and Yazhang in Ancient China and Mainland Southeast Asia (ca. 2300-500 BC) (recipient of the CIW Scholarship/ANU, awarded in 2014).

Primary supervisor for M.A. thesis

Izumi BRADDICK 2015. The Jade Trade in Ancient Japan: An Archaeological Investigation of the Jade Exchange Network in Aomori (Tohoku Region) during the Jomon Period (14,000-500 BC) (recipient of the Daiwa Scholarship, awarded in 2016 for PhD study in Oxford, UK).

Brian LI 2017. Shifts in Canarium Exploitation: Understanding Prehistoric Ecological and Societal Changes in Southern China, Southeast Asia, and Oceania (recipient of the Korean Government Scholarship Program, KGSP, awarded in 2017 for PhD study in Chonnam National University, Gwangju, South Korea).

Visiting PhD students

Wanwen DENG: The  Cultural Diversity of the Late Palaeolithic in Southern China and Northern Vietnam (recipient of the ANU-CSC Scholarship/Peking University, awarded in 2016)

Chunguang ZHAO: The Emergence of Early Farming Societies in Southern China and Relation with Mainland Southeast Asia (recipient of the ANU-CSC Scholarship/Wuhan University, awarded in 2017)




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