Quy Thi Kim Tran



The Role of Culture in Early Expansions of Humans
Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut
Senckenberganlage 25
60325 Frankfurt am Main
+49 69 7542 1574

Curriculum Vitae

Doctoral student


Defining the transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture and animal management in southern and central Vietnam: Evidence from faunal remains Determining the origins and spread of domestic plants and animals is fundamental in identifying the transition from foraging to farming across Southeast Asia and the foundations of modern Vietnam.

This research project proposes to address the issue of emergence of agriculture in Vietnam through the zooarchaeological study and interpretation of animal bones recovered from recently excavated Neolithic – early Metal Age settlement sites in southern and central Vietnam. The research aims to address one of the most important outstanding research questions in Mainland Southeast Asia, the transition from purely hunting and gathering to the management of domestic animals and agriculture. It will investigate whether initial sedentary settlers in Vietnam remained foragers or managed animal populations, or whether they had mixed economies that relied on both hunting and gathering and domestics. The project will also place the transition from foraging to farming in Vietnam into the broader regional framework of economic change recognized across Southeast Asia.



Since 03/2004 Field archaeologist and Curator at the Long An Provincial Museum, Long An Province, Vietnam

12/2002 – 02/ 2004 Contract archaeologist at the Institute of Archaeology, Hanoi, Vietnam Education since

10/2016 Goethe University, Frankfurt: PhD candidate/ Research fellow at the Senckenberg Research Institute

2012 University of Hawaii at Manoa: M.A. (Applied Archaeology). Thesis title: “The archaeological overview and assessment of Long An Province in Southern Vietnam" 2002 University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam: B.A. (Archaeology)



2009 Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program

2016 Lisa Maskell Fellowship Programme, Gerda Henkel Foundation


Research and Field experience

Archaeological excavations and surveys of Neolithic and historic sites in Vietnam (Co Loa, Dong Son,  Go Thap, Thang Long Citadel, Giong Noi, An Son, Go O Chua, Go Xoai, Loc Giang, Lo Gach, Ru Diep, and Thach Lac), the USA (Maunawila Heiau, Hawaii), and Cambodia (Ta Prohm)

Analyses of ceramic assemblages from Bai Men, Go Thap, Go Xoai, An Son, Loc Giang, Ru Diep; bone and shell assemblages from An Son, Loc Giang, Go O Chua, Lo Gach, Ru Diep; and faunal remains from Loc Giang and Lo Gach (all in Vietnam)

Ausgewählte Publikationen und Vorträge

Frieman, C., Piper, P.J., Nguyen Khanh Trung Kien, Tran Thi Kim Quy & Oxenham, M.  (in review): Lithic technology in coastal Neolithic settlements of southern Vietnam: grinding stones and adzes from Rach Nui. Antiquity.

Peter Bellwood, Marc Oxenham, Bui Chi Hoang, Nguyen Kim Dzung, Anna Willis, Carmen Sarjeant, Philip Piper, Hirofumi Matsumura, Katsunori Tanaka, Nancy Beavan-Athfield, Thomas Higham, Nguyen Quoc Manh, Dang Ngoc Kinh, Nguyen Khanh Trung Kien, Vo Thanh Huong, Van Ngoc Bich, Tran Thi Kim Quy, Nguyen Phuong Thao, Fredeliza Campos, Yo-Ichirosato, Nguyen Lan Cuong & Noel Amano (2011): An Son and the Neolithic of Southern Vietnam. Asian Perspectives 50 (1&2), 144-175.

Tran, T.K.Q. (2009): The excavation of Go Xoai site (Hựu Thạnh commune, Đức Hòa district, Long An province). New archaeological discoveries of the year 2008, 197-199 (in Vietnamese).

Van Ngoc Bich & Tran Thi Kim Quy (2008): The discovery of Go Chua site (Long An). New archaeological discoveries of the year 2007, 658-659 (in Vietnamese).

Tran Thi Kim Quy & Nguyen Thi Tuyet Trinh (2005): Bone artifacts from An Son site (the 2004 excavation). New archaeological discoveries of the year 2004, 370-372 (in Vietnamese).

Masanari, Nishimura & Tran Thi Kim Quy (2004): Tile fragments from Bai Men site (in the 2003 excavation): types and manufacturing technology. New archaeological discoveries of the year 2003, 192-193 (in Vietnamese).