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Japanese Culture History and Archaeology

Culture history, archaeological sites, and other information related to the past of the modern country of Japan.
  1. Japanese Sites (13)

Kuril Biocomplexity Project
From the University of Washington, a study of the Kuril Islands northeast of Hokkaido.

Gunma Archaeological Research Foundation
Archaeological work in Gunma prefecture; most of the site descriptions and excavation reports are only in Japanese, although there is a growing English component.

Japanese Archaeological Association
Although this site is primarily in Japanese, there is a page called Noteworthy Archaeological Sites that describes ongoing research in Japan, with lots of photographs.

Japanese Archaeology
Retired archaeologist Charles T. Keally's website holds a tremendous amount of information in English about Japanese archaeology.

National Research Institute for Cultural Properties
The National Research Institute for Cultural Properties (formerly the Nabunken Centre) provides assistance for local government archaeological investigations all over Japan.

National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Nara
Conducts comprehensive research on ancient cultural heritage, with special emphasis on Nara.

Niigata Prefectural Museum
The Niigata Prefectural Museum of History includes descriptions of several of the most important sites in Niigata Prefecture. Information in Japanese, Chinese and English.

Okinawa Archaeology
A website on the archaeology of the Ryukyu Islands, most specifically on the Jomon period archaeology on Okinawa. Includes a site description of Kiyuna Gaa (Springs).

Origins of the Ainu
From the American Public Broadcasting Services' program NOVA, a study of the ties between the Ainu and Jomon by Gary Crawford.

Prehistoric News
English translations of news stories in the Japanese press about archaeology; but not updated since 2002.

Sacred Texts and Buried Treasures
William Wayne Farris's 1998 book, Sacred Texts and Buried Treasures, provides welcome insight into recent understandings of the historical period of Japan, consisting of the 700 years from AD 100 to 800.

The Fabrication of of Two Early Palaeolithic Sites
Charles T. Keally's discussion of the scandal surrounding paleolithic sites in Japan.

Yatsugatake Palaeolithic Research Group
Conducts paleolithic research throughout Japan; the site includes descriptions of late paleolithic sites on the Yatsugatake plateau.

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