Originially from New Zealand I have been at James Cook University since mid-2005. I was fortunate to study under Prof. Charles Higham at Otago University where I was able to get experience not only in prehistoric and historic archaeology in New Zealand but was also introduced to Southeast Asia. Since my first field work at the site of Nong Nor in Thailand (1991) I have been committed to working in the region.

  • AN2114: Australia through Time and Place (Level 2; TSV)
  • AR1001: The World of Archaeology (Level 1; CNS & TSV)
  • AR3501: Ancestors and Emperors: The Rise and Fall of Ancient Societies (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • In Laos we work very closely with a major mining company in a combined research and consultancy project. I am interested in further developing international collaborations where we cross the research and consultancy divide in interesting ways.
  • The prehistory of Southeast Asia. Major projects I am involved in are in Northeast Thailand (the site of Ban Non Wat and area) where we are investigating long-term changes in society and environment; from 4000 years ago to the present. We also have strong interests in integrating contemporary communities as key research collaborators. A second ongoing project is in Savannakhet Province, Lao PDR, where we are investigating ancient copper mining.
  • One of my main teaching interests is running the honours field school here in Townsville. This is where our continuing students are introduced to the realities of field work and develop skills from planning a project to completing the final report.
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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 42+ research outputs authored by Dr Nigel Chang from 1998 onwards.

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Lane Xang Minerals Limited - MMG - Contract Research

2014 Archaeological Excavation & Training Project, MMG-LXML, Lao PDR

Indicative Funding
$249,700 over 5 years
This project is a continuation of an ongoing collaboration, under the terms of an MOU (that is in its 3rd iteration) between JCU, the Lao Dept, of National Heritage and MMG-LXML to conduct archaeological excavations on archaeological sites threatened by modern mining practices. These projects also include an element of training and capacity building with Government staff (at National, Provincial and District levels) and students from the National University of Laos. Finally, the offer an important opportunity for JCU students to gain experience in the industry environment.
Nigel Chang in collaboration with Viengkeo Souksavatdy (College of Arts, Society & Education, Department of National Heritage and Lao PDR)
Bronze Age; Laos; Tangible Heritage; Southeast Asia; Archaeometallurgy; Iron Age

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Reconstruction of the Biological Profile of Modern and Prehistoric Thai Populations (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Life of the Stone: Experimental approaches to megalith production (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • For A Few Horses More: The role of domesticated livestock in the development of north Queensland. (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • The dentition of the people of Iron Age Non Ban Jak (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • The functions and contents of the Spindle Whorls in Thai Prehistory with the particular reference to the site of Ban Non Wat (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Who were the People of Prehistoric Vilabouly? Exploring Origins and Relationships through Archeometallurgy. (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Ancient ceramics at Vilabouly: pottery production and society in Laos (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • "In any direction it would be difficult to find one acre of level ground?: The Mining and Social Landscapes of the Normanby Goldfield, near Bowen, North Queensland (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Calf Clan Culture: Rock art of the Khorat Plateau (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • A local perspective on cultural integration and complexity in the early historic period: 1st Millennium AD Archaeology in Northeast Thailand. (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)

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