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Contextualising the Neolithic Occupation of Southern Vietnam


The material presented here is based on my PhD research. I would firstly like to express my gratitude to Peter Bellwood for introducing me to Vietnamese archaeology and for his supervision during the process of my doctoral research. I also would like to thank Marc Oxenham for welcoming me to the excavation at An Sơn, as well as Bùi Chí Hoàng of the Centre for Archaeological Studies, Southern Institute of Social Sciences, Ho Chi Minh City and Nguyễn Kim Dung of the Institute of Archaeology, Hanoi. I also acknowledge Dougald O’Reilly for his supervision in the latter part of my research.

There are a number of individuals who assisted me during the ceramic sorting process in Tân An at the Long An Provincial Museum: Nguyễn Khánh Trung Kiên, Nguyễn Mạnh Quốc, Đặng Ngọc Kinh, Nguyễn Khải Quỳnh, Lê Hoàng Phong, Nguyễn Phương Thảo, Trần Thị Kim Quy, Võ Thanh Hương, and Văn Ngọc Bích. I would like to sincerely thank Kiên for his help in accessing museums in southern Vietnam. This research would not have been possible without access to the Long An Provincial Museum, Đồng Nai Provincial Museum, Ho Chi Minh City History Museum, and Ho Chi Minh City Museum.

The excavations at An Sơn were funded by a Discovery Grant from the Australian Research Council. My own research was funded by the Australian Postgraduate Award.

The analysis of the ceramic fabrics was conducted with SEM-EDX at the Electron Microscopy Unit at The Australian National University, with guidance from Frank Brink. I would also like to thank Glenn Summerhayes for teaching me the benefits and methods of SEM and the electron microprobe.

There are a number of people I would like to recognise for their support over the past few years. Charles Higham has always offered advice and provided useful information over the years, even after departing the University of Otago after my Master’s. Nigel Chang initially invited me to Ban Non Wat eight years ago, and allowed me to visit again to review the more recent neolithic discoveries in 2009. Fiorella Rispoli and Roberto Ciarla shared their knowledge of the neolithic in central Vietnam, and Fiorella’s wealth of knowledge on ceramics has always been a reference for me. Lâm Thị Mỹ Dung opened up the ceramic collections at the University of Hanoi to me in 2009, which offered some valuable comparative ideas for this monograph. Louise Cort and Joyce White organised a workshop on Southeast Asian ceramics in Washington, DC and Philadelphia in 2010; an event from which I gained much inspiration and I feel privileged to have been a part of it. I would also like to acknowledge those individuals from afar who were interested in my research – it helped to keep the inspiration going, so thanks to Andreas Reinecke, Nishimura Masanari, and those I met at conferences over these past few years.

Closer to home, I would like to thank Anna Willis for her knowledge about mortuary ritual at An Sơn. I am also grateful for the new insights into southern Vietnamese archaeology after working alongside Philip Piper at Rạch Núi. Thanks to Judith Cameron who was so supportive as I started my PhD, and to Sue O’Connor and Janelle Stevenson for providing me with a lab space on the ‘dark side’.

There are so many students and staff to thank for their friendship and support from both the School of Archaeology & Anthropology and the College of Asia and the Pacific at ANU. I will just say thanks to you all for fear of missing someone out. I would like to express my sincerest thanks to Liz Walters.

Thanks to my friends in Australia, New Zealand and around the world. I would in particular like to express my love and gratitude to the most spectacular group of women I have ever met. You know who you are. Without you, Canberra would never have been home. And of course, finally, to my Mum, I would never have got this far without you.

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