Twinning the ancients: observations on current Anglo-Japanese archaeological exchanges

Third Thursday Lectures
Thursday 15 Dec 2016 | 6 PM

Weston Room
Cathedral Hostry
Norwich NR1 4DH

Dr Simon Kaner
Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

About the Lecture

In July 2016 the Sainsbury Institute was involved in the world’s first twinning of archaeological sites, between the Grimes Graves Neolithic flint mines in Thetford, Norfolk, and the Hoshikuso prehistoric obsidian mines in Nagawa-machi, Nagano, Japan. And in October we helped with an exhibition of prehistoric Jomon Flame pots from Niigata prefecture at the Embassy of Japan in London, prior to their being displayed at the British Museum. This talk will look back over the events of the summer and autumn, what led up to this, and the broader context for Anglo-Japanese exchanges in archaeology. We will also look forward to a new research project, starting in early 2017, exploring the globalisation of East Anglian archaeology through a Japanese lens.

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About the Speaker

Simon Kaner

Simon Kaner MA Cantab, PhD (2004) is Director of the Centre for Japanese Studies at the University of East Anglia and Head of the Centre for Archaeology and Heritage at the Sainsbury Institute. He is an archaeologist specialising in the prehistory of Japan.

A Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London since 2005, he has taught and published on many aspects of East Asian and European archaeology. He has undertaken archaeological research in Japan, the UK and elsewhere and worked for several years in archaeological heritage management in the UK. His recent publications include The Power of Dogu: ceramic figures from ancient Japan (2009), which accompanied a major exhibition at the British Museum. Other works include Jomon Reflections: Forager Life and Culture in the Prehistoric Japanese Archipelago by Kobayashi Tatsuo (2005), which he adapted and edited with Nakamura Oki. He is also currently completing an edited volume The Archaeology of Medieval Towns: case studies from Japan and Europe.

About the Third Thursday Lecture Series

Every Third Thursday of the month, the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures hosts a lecture on a topic related to the art and culture of Japan. Talks begin at 6pm (50-minute lecture followed by refreshments). Speakers are all specialists in their field and the talks are intended to be accessible to those with no prior knowledge of Japanese history.

The lecture are normally held at the Weston Room, Cathedral Hostry, Norwich NR1 4DH. The Third Thursday Lecture series is funded by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Yakult and the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Charitable Trust.

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Future Lectures

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The Shogun’s Harem: Life in the Women’s Palace in Nineteenth Century Japan

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16 February 2017 | Tetsuei TSUDA, Head of Archives Section, Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties
Head of Centre for Archaeology and Heritage
On some characteristics of Japanese traditional portraits known as Nise-e (likeness picture)

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