Centre for Archaeology and Heritage
The Centre for Archaeology and Heritage at the Sainsbury Institute was established in 2011 to develop and deliver research projects in Japanese archaeology and cultural heritage. The Centre is currently the only organisation with such a focus in Europe.
In conjunction with the Lisa Sainsbury Library at the Sainsbury Institute we have a very significant collection of books on Japanese archaeology and cultural heritage, including a large collection of Japanese archaeological site reports, which we are currently working to make available online. Our projects are designed to result in high quality publications. The Centre organises regular research workshops and public lectures and seminars, and welcomes visitors, including students and established researchers from around the world.
We have a series of strategic partnerships in archaeology and cultural heritage with universities, museums and research institutions in Japan, Europe and elsewhere.
Current strategic research partners include:
• Fukuoka Prefecture World Heritage Promotion Committee
• Kokugakuin University Museum
• Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties (Nabunken)
• Nara University
• Niigata Prefectural Museum of History
• Research Institute for Humanity and Nature
• The British Museum
• University of Cambridge
• University of York
Other organisations we work with include:
Society for Archaeological Research: This society encourages high-level academic research on all aspects of Japanese archaeology, and is particularly active in the fields of pubic archaeology and the social responsibility of the archaeological profession.
Japanese Archaeological Association: We have a close connections to the main organisation representing professional archaeologists in Japan, the Japanese Archaeological Association. Of particular interest may be the English language summaries of key recent archaeological discoveries, taken from the annual exhibition organised by the Agency for Cultural Affairs
Society for East Asian Archaeology: We are pleased to support the Society for East Asian Archaeology, and Simon Kaner was involved in three sessions at the most recent conference co-organised by Boston and Harvard Universities.
World Archaeology Congress: We are pleased to support the 8th World Archaeology Congress, in Kyoto in summer 2016, the largest ever international meeting of archaeologists from around the world with a special session on the ‘Global Impact of Large-Scale Archaeology Projects’, showcasing a number of major British projects in particular which are of particular interest to Japanese archaeologists.
• Archaeology of religion and ritual
• Burial mound archaeology
• Cultural properties loss
• Dogu: spirits of clay
• Early pottery
• Flame pots
• Global perspectives on British archaeology
• Globalising British archaeology through a Japanese lens
• Historic landscapes of the Shinano River
• Medieval towns of Japan and Europe
• Okinoshima: the Shosoin of the sea
• Online Resource for Japanese Archaeology and Cultural Heritage (ORJACH)
• UNESCO World Heritage and Japan
• The archaeology of medieval town: case studies from Japan and Europe (forthcoming, 2016 from Archaeopress)
• Comparative Studies in Japanese Archaeology (NEW SERIES from Archaeopress)
• From the Jomon to Star Carr (forthcoming, 2016 from Archaeopress)
• Illustrated Companion to Japanese Archaeology (NOW AVAILABLE from Archaeopress)
• Japanese Journal of Archaeology (ALL ISSUES NOW FEELY AVAILABLE ONLINE)
• Okinoshima: the universal value of Japan’s sacred heritage – a World Heritage nomination (forthcoming, 2017 from Springer Briefs)
• Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Korea and Japan (forthcoming, 2018 from Oxford University Press)
• Science of the History of Humanity in Asia and the Pacific (NEW SERIES from Springer Japan)