Archaeology and Heritage

An engagement with the past and with archaeology opens up a fuller understanding of modern life. Archaeology and cultural heritage studies are flourishing around the world and there is increasing awareness of the global significance of Japanese archaeology. The Institute is creating a distinctive approach to our study of and engagement with the past, using the richness of Japanese archaeology to inspire innovative research collaborations that will make an impact far beyond the Japanese archipelago.

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.

Inspired by the exceptional Japanese religious art works in the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University …Read More

The mounded tombs or kofun of the Japanese archipelago include some of the largest burial monuments of the …Read More

Japan is prone to natural disasters, including volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunami, landslides and floods. Inspired by the ‘Bunkazai …Read More

Dogu are ceramic figures made during the prehistoric Jomon period, from c. 14,500- c. 500 BC. Over 20,000 …Read More

Some of the earliest dated pottery containers in the world were created by prehistoric inhabitants of the Japanese …Read More

Flame style pots are some of the most enigmatic and evocative objects made by people in ancient Japan. …Read More

British and Japanese archaeology have had close connections since the late 19th century, when pioneering Japanese archaeologists such …Read More

The Shinano-Chikuma River project is investigating the development of historic landscapes along the longest river drainage in Japan. …Read More

Our location in the best preserved Medieval city in Britain, Norwich, inspired a project comparing urban archaeology in …Read More

The tiny island of Okinoshima is considered to enshrine the Munakata deities, three sisters who control the Genkai …Read More

The goal of encouraging new generations to take an interest in the wonders of Japanese archaeology and cultural …Read More

The Sainsbury Institute is pleased to support the inscription of some of Japan’s outstanding cultural heritage as UNESCO …Read More

The Great East Japan Disaster of 11 March 2011 had a devastating impact on the lives of everyone …Read More

Investigating the Origins of Agriculture in Japan and Setting the Appearance of Rice Agriculture in the Archipelago in …Read More

Following the exhibitions of prehistoric Jomon dogu (The Power of Dogu: Ceramic Figures from Ancient Japan at the …Read More