SUNDASIA is exploring how prehistoric tropical communities adapted to cycles of coastal inundation over the last 60,000 years in northern Vietnam, and how these data can help inform models and responses to modern climate-induced rising seas in this region.

This multi-disciplinary research project is focused on the archaeological, geological and ecological history of the Tràng An massif World Heritage site, Ninh Binh, Vietnam.

SUNDASIA is based at Queen’s University Belfast. Principal collaborating institutions in the UK are: Bournemouth University, University of Cambridge, Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and Queen Mary University of London; and in Vietnam: the Vietnam Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources, Tràng An Management Board, Ninh Binh Provincial People’s Committee, the Xuan Truong Enterprise, and the Vietnam Institute of Archaeology.


• Field season (4th – 25th April 2018)

• Field season (21st November – 12th December 2017)

• 29th September 2017 – Benjamin Utting (project member) achieves a 1st Class grade on his University of Cambridge MPhil dissertation entitled: Exploring Prehistoric Behavioral Responses to Environmental Change: Tràng An Landscape Complex, Ninh Binh Province, Vietnam

Forthcoming field season (5th – 24th September 2017)

• 30th August – First Year Report submitted

• 10th July – A report on the first year of the project is in preparation

• 19th May 2017 – SUNDASIA becomes a Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) project under the AHRC 

• Follow us on Twitter: @SUNDASIAProject and Facebook  

Forthcoming workshop and field season (17th March – 6th April 2017)

Forthcoming field season (30th November-21st December 2016)

Forthcoming field season (22nd August-11th September 2016)


Global Challenges Research Fund (AHRC) AH/N005902/1 / Xuan Truong Enterprise

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