Neolithisation from the Seas of Japan across the North Eurasian Greenbelt

Workshop
Thursday 29 Nov 2018 | 09:30

Sainsbury Institute, 64 The Close, Norwich NR1 4DH

Organised by

Dr Junzo Uchiyama
Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

About the Workshop

Organised in association with the Eurasia3angle Research Group, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, Germany, this workshop attempts to develop an interdisciplinary perspective from archaeology, geography, linguistics, anthropology, genetics and biology.

The workshop consists of three sessions: The first consists of papers focusing on demographic dynamics of Neolithisation from the late Pleistocene to the mid Holocene by specialists in linguistics, genetics and geography. The second considers the environmental background and socio-ecological conditions in the ‘North Eurasian Greenbelt’ (NEG) by discussing subsistence activities and available resources. Insights generated by the first and second sessions will be integrated into the third session, which will take the format of a concluding discussion led by the plenary speakers to generate global insights into historical human-nature interactions in the NEG.

For more details about the workshop and programme, please click here.
The workshop is free to attend and open to students and scholars interested in the subject. Registration is essential as seats are limited.
Please contact the Sainsbury Institute to book your place on 01603 597 507 or email us.

Image: The green zone is the areas covered with forests. Source: Climate and Vegetation Research Group, Boston University 

Programme

09.30-10.00Registration & Coffee

10.00-10.30 Opening speech (Simon Kaner), Introduction (Junzo Uchiyama)

10.30-12.00 Session 1: Human migrations and Cultural Interactions in NEG
Chao Ning (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History)
“Genetic Perspective on the peopling of the Transeurasian region”
Alexander Savelyev (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History)
“Farming/Language Dispersal Hypothesis and the origin of the Transeurasian languages”
J. Christopher Gillam (Winthrop University)
“The Potential of GIScience for Understanding Neolithic Eurasian Migrations and Population Dynamics: Perspectives from the Pleistocene of East Asia and the Americas” (provisional)

12.00-13.00 Lunch break

13.00-15.00 Session 2: Socio-ecological background of the population dynamics
Junzo Uchiyama (Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures)
“Neolithisation allergy? Comparative perspectives on hunter-gatherer archaeology of Northeast Asia and Northeast Europe across North Eurasia”
Mark Hudson (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History)
“How I learned to stop worrying about the Jōmon and love the term ‘Neolithic’”
Ilona Bausch (Academic Associate, Sainsbury Institute)
“Embodied identities of hunters and fishers: Xinglongwa, Chulmun and Jōmon”
Tsuneo Nakajima (Professor Emeritus, Okayama University of Science)
“Pharyngeal tooth remains from the prehistoric archeological sites in Japan and China” (provisional)

15.00-15.15 Break

15.15-16.15 Session 3: Discussion
Discussants:
Simon Kaner (Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures)
Ryuzaburo Takahashi (Waseda University)

Organisers:
Dr Junzo Uchiyama (Handa Japanese Archaeology Fellow, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures)
Dr Mark Hudson (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History)

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