Lecturer: Dr. Maria Shinoto
Associate Professor, Institute of Prehistory, Protohistory and Near-Eastern Archaeology at Heidelberg University
Commentator: Makoto Tomii
Assistant Professor, Center for Cultural Heritage Studies, Kyoto University
Date: 10 May 2018, 18:15–20:30
Venue: Yoshida International Exchange Hall, Yoshida Campus, Kyoto University
The “Nakadake Sanroku Kiln Site Cluster” was discovered in 1984. Being the southernmost Sue Kiln Site Cluster in Japan, the following characteristics should be pointed out. (1) Considering the nature as a provincial kiln cluster the estimated number of kilns is large, (2) its location is separated from the location of the provincial administration, (3) Sue ware found in the northern part of the Ryūkyū is thought to have been produced in this site, which makes it one of the rare cases where Sue ware despite its strong relation to state administration is found outside the territory of the state. (4) Almost the whole kiln site cluster is well preserved.
Since 2013, an international group of archaeologists and researchers from the natural sciences carry out excavations, surveys, and analyses funded by the JSPS. The research structure is another characteristic of our work at the Nakadake Sanroku site. Instead of importing ideas and methods one-sidedly from one tradition or discipline, we set up a balanced starting point for our research in the beginning with discussions of methods and research questions among all team members, and we still develop them with continuous exchange of ideas and information. This resembles the idea of “agile programming” in software development, and we call our structure “agile research design”. Instead of parallel and isolated studies, our interdisciplinary research adapts to new discoveries from all fields and thus already led us to results that could not be envisaged at the beginning of the project.
This presentation will introduce our research progress and the most recent discoveries.
Dr. Maria Shinoto (Associate Professor, Institute of Prehistory, Protohistory and Near-Eastern Archaeology, University of Heidelberg)
“Japan’s southernmost Sue ware pottery center: Recent excavations and interdisciplinary research in the kiln site cluster at Nakadake Sanroku, Kagoshima”
Makoto Tomii (Assistant Professor, Center for Cultural Heritage Studies, Kyoto University)
Registration & Contact
Deadline: May 7, 2018
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Heidelberg University Office Kyoto
Dr. Maria Shinoto
Institute of Prehistory, Protohistory and Near-Eastern Archaeology, University of Heidelberg
Assistant professor, Center for Cultural Heritage Studies, Kyoto University.
Makoto Tomii’s research is focusing on methodology and reasoning for archaeological past reconstruction in terms of the past human’s action, activity, and culture. His main aim is to find and provide the data on both environmental changes and natural disasters in the past through rescue excavations of the university campus site.
* The lecture series “Nichi-Doku Joint Lecture” is organized in close cooperation of the Kyoto University European Center, Heidelberg Office, and the Heidelberg University Office, Kyoto, the liaison offices of both universities in Japan and Germany. It aims at promoting and strengthening research exchange between Heidelberg University and Kyoto University.