Dr Hsiao-chun Hung

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

Areas of expertise

  • Archaeology 2101

Research interests

1. Prehistory of East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Western Micronesia;

2. Ancient human migrations;

3. Maritime connections and trades;

4. Ancient ornaments and artistic expressions.


Teaching of courses

1. Archaeology in Asia (In-country course; ASIA3051, 6051); 

2. Archaeology of China (ASIA2203, 6202);

3. Taiwan: History and Culture (ASIA2072, 6072); 

4. Archaeological Science Research Project 2 (ARCH8031); 

5. Graduate Reading Course in Archaeological Science (ARCH8038); 

6. Topics in Asia and Pacific Research (ASIA9051; I take 100% responsibility for my PhD students),

7. also supervising students for Readings in Asian Societies and Histories (ASIA 3012). 

Archaeology in Asia:  http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/students/exchange-study-abroad/archaeology   

ANU Experience Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R34wCpvxisg 


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 A/Prof. Mike Carson);

2. The 12th Excellent Research Award of Philosophy and Science of Beijing City, China (awarded in 2012, with Prof. 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

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

External grants

1. Prosperity along the Sea: The South China Coast at 5000-3000 BC (Chief Investigator, ARC Discovery, Australia) (DP190101839, 2019-2021)

2. Evolution of the Economic Landscape in Taiwan: Looking Inward and Outward (Chief Investigator; ARC Discovery, Australia) (DP150104458, 2015-2018)

3. Neolithic Transition in Island Southeast Asia: Food-production by Austronesian Migrants on Their Way from Taiwan to the Pacific (Chief Investigator; Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation, Taiwan) (RG017-P-13, 2014-2016)

4. Landscape, Resources and Human Migration during the Southeast Asian Neolithic (Secondary Investigator; ARC Discovery, Australia)(DP140100384, 2014-2016) 

5. Archaeological Research of Austronesian Neolithic Origins and Relations at the House of Taga Site in Tinian, Mariana Islands (Chief Investigator; Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation,Taiwan) (RG021-P-10, 2011-2013)  

6. The Archaeological and Biological Foundations of Southest Asia, 2500-1000 BC (Secondary Investigator; ARC Discovery, Australia)(DP 110101097, 2011-2013) 

7. A Study of Ancient Jade Trading Networks in Prehistoric Southern China and Southeast Asia, 3000 BC to AD 500 (Chief Investigator; ARC Discovery , Australia) (DP 0987081, 2009-2012)


Other international projects in which I am involved

1. Out of Africa: Dispersal of Homo Sapiens to Asia (Chief investigator: Prof. 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: Prof. 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: Prof. 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.


Evidence of impact

Google Scholar citations

1690+ citations in Google Scholar (1084+ since 2015), not yet including many more citations in Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Bahasa and other language publications



So far, I have published more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters in 5 languages (in English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese). Several of my works originally in English were selected by colleagues internationally for language barrier-breaking translations into Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese.


Invited presentations, funded by the organisers

Since 2005, I have been invited to 30+ different events of international conferences, workshops, or lectures as guest speaker or discussant, for examples; 

Denmark  "Evaluating the Early Anthropocene Hypothesis", University of Copenhagen, 18–19 February 2016.

Germany  (1). Fifth Annual DFG Center Symposium “Maritime Connections”, University of Tübingen, 12-14 December 2019; (2). "Biological Markers of Change in Southeast and Island Southeast Asia", Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, 29 - 30 June, 2017 (unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances). 

Indonesia  "International Symposium on Austronesian Diaspora", at Bali, 18-23 July 2016, organized by Pusat Penelitian Arkeologi National, Jakarta.

Malaysia  (1). "The 23rd Suyanggae Symposium" in Penang, 1-7, July 2018; (2). "International Archaeological Conference", Miri, Sarawak, 25-27 September 2019, organized by Department of National Heritage, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Arts Malaysia and the Department of Sarawak Museum, Sarawak.

Vietnam  (1). "100 Years of Discovery and Study of Sa Huynh", convened by Vietnam Institute of Culture and Arts Studies, Quang Ngai, 22–24 July 2009; (2). "Oc Eo-Ba The, Nen Chua Archaeological Complex Relics: Characterization and Exchange", Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, 2020. 

South Korea  (1). "Debates in World Archaeology", Seoul National University, Seoul, 14 October 2014; (2). "International Conference of Problematising Megaliths of Southeast Asia and the Pacific", Sogang University, Seoul, 16–17 October 2014; (3). "50th International Conference of Academy of Asian Studies-- Trades and Interactions in Ancient Civilizations", Dankook University, Yongin, 27 November 2020.

Saipan, the Marianas  (1). Humanities Public Lecture, at the American Memorial Park’s Visitor Center, Saipan, 19 December 2011, organized by the Northern Marianas Humanities Council (NMHC), Saipan, 16 March 2013;  (2). Humanities Public Lecture, NMHC, Saipan, 16 March 2013;  (3). Humanities Public Lecture, NMHC, Saipan, 11 October 2016 (all co-presented with Mike Carson).

USA  Archaeology Center, Stanford University, Stanford, 13 November 2012 (co-presented with Mike Carson).

China  (1). "Hemudu Culture Forum" at Yuyao, Zheijiang, 25–29 May 2011; (2). "International Symposium of Qihedong", Fujian, 14–16 June 2015; (3). International Research Centre for Austronesian Studies, Pingtan, Fujian, 6–8 November 2017; (4). "The Prehistoric Maritime Silk Road: New Research on Neolithic Seascapes of East Asia", Xiamen University, Xiamen, 29 October- 2 November 2017; (5). "International Conference of Prehistoric Archaeology in Southeast China through the Pacific", Jiangle, Fujian, 2–6 November 2017; (6).  International Symposium on "Archaeology of Prehistoric Maritime Pingtan and the Pacific", Pingtan, Fujian Province, 2020 (-> 2021). 

Hong Kong  (1). International Archaeology Conference at Chinese University of Hong Kong, 10 April 2008;  (2). "International Conference of Research Methods of Ancient Jade", at Chinese University of Hong Kong, 9 May 2009.

Taiwan  (1). "Fourth International Conference on Sinology", Academia Sinica, Taipei, 20-22 June 2012; (2). "International Workshop of Austronesian Study", organized by National Museum of Taiwan Prehistory, Taidong, 23 September 2014; (3). "From Matsu Archipelago to Southeast Coast of Asia", organized by IHP, Academia Sinica (Taipei) and Matsu County Government (Matsu), 26–29 September 2014;  (4). "International Conference on Formosan Indigenous Peoples", Institute of Ethnology of Academia Sinica, Council of Indigenous and Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines, at Academia Sinica, Taipei, 15–17 September 2014;  (5). "International Austronesian Conference Cultural Heritage and Community Empowerment: Anthropological Perspectives Taiwan’s Southbound Connections", National Musuem of Taiwan Prehistory, 11–17 November 2017;  (6). More than 15 public lectures invited by National Museum of Taiwan Prehistory (Taidong), National Taiwan University (Taipei) and National Palace Musuem (Taipei) since 2008. 

Current student projects

Primary supervisor for the following PhD students

1. Weiwei WANG: Neolithic Subsistence Transition in Southern China and Mainland Southeast Asia (ANU-CSC Scholarship, awarded in 2017)

2. Gabriela Yi Jia POH: Crafting Funan: ‘Indianization’ and Pottery Production at Oc Eo (200 BC – AD 500) (ANU Scholarship, awarded in 2018) 

3. Endong WU (ANU Scholarship, awarded in 2019)


Past student projects

Primary supervisor for the following PhD students

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

2. Tuukka KAIKKONEN: The Dispersal of Rice and Millets from China to Taiwan 6000-4000 years ago: Microbotanical Evidence from Soils and Sediments (IPRS Scholarship, awarded in 2016)

Primary supervisor for the following M.A. stedents

1. 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) (Daiwa Scholarship, awarded in 2016 for PhD study in Oxford, UK).

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

3. Endong WU 2019. The Origins and Dispersal of Stone Bark-cloth Beaters in Prehistoric Southern China and Southeast Asia (ANU Scholarship, awarded in 2019 for PhD study in ANU)

Visiting PhD students

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

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

3. Bing LI (Wuhan University, China)(ANU-CSC Scholarship, awarded in 2018) 


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