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, Southeast Asia, and Western Micronesia;

2. Ancient human migrations;

3. 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, Thailand and the Marianas Islands 

Teaching of courses:

1. Archaeology of China (ASIA 2203, 6202);

2. Archaeology in Asia (In-country course; ASIA 3051, 6051);

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

4. Archaeological Science Research Project 2 (ARCH 8031); 

5. Graduate Reading Course in Archaeological Science (ARCH 8038); 

6. Topics in Asia and Pacific Research (ASIA 9051; I take 100% responsibility for my PhD students),

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

Archaeology in Taiwan:  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

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; with A/Prof. Mike Carson/ 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; with A/Prof. Mike Carson/ 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; with A/Prof. Mike Carson/ 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 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.

Current student projects

1. Primary supervisor for Ph.D thesis

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

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


Past student projects

1. Primary supervisor for PhD thesis

(1). 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 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 (recipient of the IPRS Scholarship, awarded in 2016)

2. Primary supervisor for M.A. thesis

(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) (recipient of the 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 (recipient of the 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.

3. Visiting PhD students

(1). Wanwen DENG (Peking University, China): The  Cultural Diversity of the Late Palaeolithic in Southern China and Northern Vietnam (recipient of the 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 (recipient of the ANU-CSC Scholarship, awarded in 2017)

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


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