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.


• 17th July 2018 – Congratulations to Rachael Holmes on her 1st Class BSc degree and high 1st Class mark for her dissertation (Department of Archaeology, Anthropology & Forensics, Bournemouth University) entitled: Phytolith Analysis of Da But and Phung Nguyen Cave Sites in Tràng An, Northern Vietnam.

• 28th June 2018 – Congratulations to all of the great undergraduate students from QUB who have been working on the SUNDASIA Project during the last year. Graduation today!

• 28th June 2018 – Emilie Green receives the Kerr Meritorious Performance Prize, and as joint winner, the Kerr Final Year Dissertation Prize (Archaeology & Palaeoecology, Queen’s University Belfast) for her undergraduate dissertation entitled: The Utilisation of Archaeometric Methods for the Compositional and Residual Analysis of Dabutian Pottery Fragments from the Ninh Binh Province, Northern Vietnam. Meghan McAllister receives the Basil Wilson Prize for best performance in the 3rd Year.

• 21st June – 5th July 2018 – Nguyen Thi Mai Huong is visiting Queen’s University Belfast to analyse sediment cores with Shawn O’Donnell that they collected in Tràng An during the April 2018 field season. 

• 4-9th June 2018 Vietnam – Chris Stimpson presented at the 18th Congress of the International Union of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences (UISPP), Paris on: Spatial and temporal trends in late Pleistocene hunting behaviour in limestone karsts in Northern Vietnam: evidence from the Tràng An World Heritage Area – Abstract

10-11th May 2018 – Fiona Coward and Shawn O’Donnell presented at: Bridging the Gap and Crossing Borders: The Transition from Foraging to Farming in Northern Vietnam and Southern China workshop held at the School of Archaeology & Anthropology, Australian National University, Canberra. Presentations entitled, respectively:

• SUNDASIA: recent fieldwork, human-environment interaction and prehistoric social networks in the Tràng An region of northern Vietnam

• Reconstructing mid-Holocene palaeoenvironments in northern Vietnam

Field season (4th – 25th April 2018)

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

• 29th September 2017 – Benjamin Utting achieved 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

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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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