Jōmon: Stone Circles and World Heritage

Third Thursday lecture - Sainsbury Institute

Thursday 15 July, 2021
6:00pm BST


Professor Simon Kaner (Sainsbury Institute)

Online lecture, via Zoom.
50 min lecture followed by Q&A.
Free and open to all, booking essential.
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Sundial feature at Oyu Stone Circle, Akita Japan by Steve Colmer on Sketchfab

About the Talk

In this special online event to mark the inscription of 17 Jōmon sites in northern Tohoku and Southern Hokkaido, Simon Kaner will reflect on major developments in Jōmon archaeology over the past decade with help from some Jōmon friends in Japan. We will stop by the new Hoshikuso Museum in Nagano and several of the sites forming the World Heritage nomination, including a few stone circles, as well as some of the fascinating Jōmon sites beneath the Olympic city, Tokyo.

About the Speaker

Simon Kaner MA Cantab, PhD (2004) is an archaeologist specialising in the prehistory of Japan. As well as being Executive Director since 2018, he is Head of the Centre for Archaeology and Heritage at the Sainsbury Institute. Simon is also is Director of the Centre for Japanese Studies and Chair of the Japan Dialogue Group at the University of East Anglia.

A Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London since 2005, he has taught and published on many aspects of East Asian and European archaeology. He has undertaken archaeological research in Japan, the UK and elsewhere and worked for several years in archaeological heritage management in the UK. His research interests include: Japanese prehistory and the history of archaeology in Japan; the urban historic environment in Japan in comparative perspective; Japanese cultural heritage and the international role of Japanese heritage management. He is director of the Shinano River project, investigating the development of historic landscapes along the longest river system in the Japanese archipelago.

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This event is part of the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-2021


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The Third Thursday Lecture series is funded by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and Yakult UK.