Archaeologist, Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties
Shinya Shoda is a Japanese archaeologist affiliated with the Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties. He is currently based in BioArch in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York as a Marie Curie Incoming Fellow. He is working on a variety of topics but his main interests include redating the beginning of the agriculture and metallurgy in northeast Asia, pottery, metal and lithic technology, and innovations in diet and cooking technology. He completed his Ph.D at Chungnam University in Korea in 2007 after his BA, MA and first stages of Ph.D in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Tokyo. While he is engaged in international collaborative projects that further cultural comparative research on northeast Asia and more recently northwest Europe, he also collaborates with a number of natural scientists to develop archaeological scientific studies on northeast Asia. His new project, starting from 1st of September 2014, deals with the beginning and early development of pottery in East Asia, using lipid and stable isotope analysis.