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Ancient Jomon of Japan

Ancient Jomon of Japan

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  • Author: Junko Habu, University of California, Berkeley
  • Date Published: August 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521776707

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  • Despite an incredibly rich prehistory covering nearly ten thousand years, modern coverage of complex hunter-gatherer societies has tended to overlook the Jomon of Japan. This text presents an overview of the archaeology of the Jomon Period between 10,000 and 300 BC within the context of more recent complex hunter-gatherer societies. It bridges the gap between academic traditions in Japanese and Anglo-American archaeology and represents an invaluable source of reflection on the development of human complexity.

    • Synthesises a vast amount of site data in an accessible format
    • The first substantial English language overview of the Jomon (most work has been done in Japanese)
    • Covers a 10,000 year sweep of Japanese prehistory
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    "comprehensive and well-written...This book represents a break from authoritative and often stifling academic traditions in Japan." Canadian Journal of Archaeology Aubrey Cannon, McMaster University

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    • Date Published: August 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521776707
    • length: 352 pages
    • dimensions: 232 x 165 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 79 b/w illus. 30 maps 15 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Overview:
    1. Introduction
    2. Background to the study: overview of the Jomon Period
    Part II. Subsistence and Settlement:
    3. Subsistence strategies
    4. Settlement archaeology
    Part III. Rituals, Crafts and Trade:
    5. Mortuary and ceremonial practices
    6. Crafts and exchange networks
    Part IV. Discussion and Conclusion:
    7. Discussion and conclusion.

  • Author

    Junko Habu, University of California, Berkeley
    Junko Habu is Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology, University of California at Berkeley. She has conducted fieldwork both in Japan and in North America. Her publications include Subsistence-Settlement Systems and Intersite Variability in the Moroiso Phase of the Early Jomon Period of Japan, International Monographs in Prehistory (2001).

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