7031012 Archaeology

Numbering Code U-LET27 37031 LJ38 Year/Term 2021 ・ Second semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type special lecture
Target Year Target Student
Language English Day/Period Mon.4
Instructor name YOSHII HIDEO (Graduate School of Letters Professor)
SHIMOGAKI HITOSHI (Graduate School of Letters Associate Professor)
TOMII MAKOTO (Graduate School of Letters Assistant Professor)
NAIKI SATOSHI (Graduate School of Letters Assistant Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course In this special lecture, we offer an overview of various archaeological studies about the prehistoric and ancient East Asia, with the results of our researches and studies. We also examine the characteristics of the archaeological studies of the East Asia in Japan, by comparison of the studies in Europe and the US.
The department of archaeology in Kyoto University has excavated archaeological sites in Japan, Korea, and China, and has gathered various artifacts from all areas of the world. These archaeological data will be introduced in this special lecture.
Course Goals By the end of this special lecture, student will get familiar with the artifacts of East Asia, and have general understanding of the issues about the prehistoric and ancient archaeology in East Asia.
Schedule and Contents This special lecture will be offered in accordance with the following general structure. The detailed plan for each class will be announced in the introduction.

1 Introduction (1 week)
Introduction of the special lecture.

2 History of the East Asian archaeology in Japan (3weeks)
This section will outline the history of archaeological investigations, studies and gathering artifacts in Japan, Korea and China by Japanese archaeologists,

3 Prehistory in Japan (3weeks)
This section will outline the history of the study of Japanese prehistory, and focuses on the material culture of Mesolithic (called “Jomon” period) as well as Paleolithic and Early Neolithic, with showing some researches to exploit the potential for contributing to the world prehistory.

4 Archaeology of daily life cultures in prehistoric and ancient Japan(3weeks)
This section will outline prehistoric and ancient daily life cultures (clothes, foods and toilet) from structural remains and artifacts excavated in Japan.

5 The Eastward Transmission of Buddhist Culture from Archaeological Perspective (3weeks)
In order to assemble knowledge about “origins” of Buddhist culture, Kyoto University has conducted researches in Buddhist sites in China and Central Asia. In the lectures, how Buddhist cultures were transferred into East Asia will be discussed on the basis of archaeological information obtained by Kyoto University.

6 Discussion (1 week)

7 Feedback(1week)
Evaluation Methods and Policy Attendance and participation: 40%, Course Essay:60%
Course Requirements None
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) The participants are expected to spend a certain amount of time outside of this class reading the reference papers and books announced in class.