Okinawa: The Rise of an Island Kingdom

Richard Pearson
Published by: British Archaeological Reports, Archaeopress, Oxford, 2007

Okinawa : the rise of an Island Kingdom : archaeological and cultural perspectives : proceedings of a symposium, Kingdom of the Coral Seas, November 17, 2007, at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Presented by the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures; sponsored by the Toshiba International Foundation and Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, in association with the Japan Society. Published in 2009 as No. 1898 in the series, British Archaeological Reports, by Archaeopress, Oxford.


Foreword / Simon Kaner –
Preface / Richard Pearson –
Archaeology of the Ryukyu Islands: major themes / Shijun Asato –
Okinawa’s earliest inhabitants and life on the Coral Islands / Hiroto Takamiya –
Shell exchange in the Ryukyu Islands and in East Asia / Naoko Kinoshita –
Kamuiyaki and early trade in the Ryukyu Islands / Akito Shinzato –
The emergence of Ryukyu royal authority and Urasoe / Susumu Asato –
The significance of Chinese trade ceramics from Ryukyu: focusing on Yuan Dynasty blue and white porcelain / Meitoku Kamei –
The architectural landscape of the Kingdom of Ko Ryukyu / Takashi Uezato –
The Kingdom of Ryukyu: culture, politics, mentality / Arne Rokkum –
Appendix 1. Recent discoveries on Kikai Island / Richard Pearson –
Appendix 2. Archaeology of Sakishima / Richard Pearson –
Appendix 3. –
Useful reference materials for Ryukyu archaeology / Richard Pearson
Appendix 4. The successive rulers of Chuzan (Ryukyu) / Richard Pearson

Richard Pearson is professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia.