Workshop on Current Research on the Archaeology of the Kofun period in an international perspective

Event - Sainsbury Institute

Tuesday 17 July, 2012
10:00am BST - 5:00pm BST

Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures 64 The Close, Norwich, NR1 4DH

In conjunction with the Department of Archaeology of the Graduate School of Letters at Osaka University, in July 2012 the Sainsbury Institute hosted the first in a planned series of workshops on the archaeology of the Kofun period. Specialists and students from Osaka and Meiji Universities gave presentations on a series of topics relating to kofun period archaeology, and Professor Chris Scarre (University of Durham) and Professor Martin Carver (University of York) set these in the context of current thinking on European Neolithic megalithic monuments and sites such as Sutton Hoo respectively. Further workshops on kofun archaeology are planned as the kofun project develops.

10:00-10:30: Welcome and Introduction to the Kofun Project
Dr Simon Kaner (Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures)

10:30-11:00 ‘A brief introduction to the Kofun period: social change during the transition from a hunter-gathering society to the archaic state in Japan’
Professor Fukunaga Shinya (Osaka University)

11:00-11:30: Discussion (over coffee)

11:30-12:00: ‘State formation in Japan: a view from the eastern periphery’
Professor Sasaki Ken’ichi (Meiji University, Tokyo)

12:00-12:30: ‘Two types of intercultural interactions in the development of the Yamato government’
Dr Nakakubo Tatsuo (Osaka University)

12:30-13:00: ‘The introduction of Sue ware technology from the Korean peninsula and its significance’
Nakatsuji Keita (Osaka University)

13:00-14:00: Lunch and viewing of poster sessions: ‘Examples and methods in researching ruling lineages in the Kofun period: a case study of the Inagawa Region’
Kamiji Mai and Tachibana Izumi (Osaka University Graduate students in archaeology)
‘Local elite lineages in the eastern peripheral regions of Kofun period Japan’
Professor Sasaki Ken’ichi (Meiji University, Tokyo)

14:00-14:30: ‘World Heritage and World Context: Observations on the Mozu-Furuichi World Heritage Site bid’
Professor Martin Carver (University of York)

14:30-15:00: ‘Megalithic tombs and monumentality’
Professor Chris Scarre (University of Durham)

15:00-15:45: Discussion (over tea) and closing comments by Dr Nicole Rousmaniere (Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures and the British Museum)

16:00 – 16:40: The impact of the March 2011 Disaster on cultural properties and archaeological sites in northeastern Japan Negita Yoshio (Chief Archaeologist, Agency for Cultural Affairs)
(40 minute lecture followed by discussion and a drinks reception. This lecture is also open to members of the Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society and the Sainsbury Institute Third Thursday Lecture community, and will be held in the Norwich Cathedral Hostry, a five minute walk from the Sainsbury Institute).

Organised by the Centre for Archaeology and Heritage at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures and the Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Letters, Osaka University in conjunction with the Japanese Section, Department of Asia, the British Museum

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