Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Archaeology within Japan’s Natural Setting

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Who this event is for

  • Everyone


JHB301, John Henry Brookes, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


Taking a bird’s eye view of the Japanese archipelago (lots of maps), this talk will analyze the periods of Japanese archaeology in relation to their geographical and geological settings. Environmental determinism is passé, but humans do not live without specific relationships to their environmental surroundings. In Japan, the living environment is very much conditioned by the archipelago’s position in a subduction zone involving four major tectonic plates. The volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, as well as tsunami, arising in this zone have not only affected modern populations but also plagued prehistoric inhabitants. However, the geology has also afforded many resources utilized throughout the millennia. We will look at the benefits but more of the detriments of living within a zone of tectonic activity.

Refreshments will be served after the seminar.