Prehistoric Japan: New Perspectives on Insular East Asia

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ISBN-13: 9780824818524
Published: November 1996

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320 pages
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  • About the Book
  • In the past few years, there has been a growing appreciation by Western scholars of the vast scale, great achievements, and methodological originality of Japanese archaeologists. However, an understanding of the results of their work has been hampered in the West by a lack of up-to-date and authoritative texts in English. This book provides Western readers for the first time with a uniquely East Asian perspective of Japanese archaeology.

    Prehistoric Japan is organized into 16 chapters covering the environment, the history of the Japanese investigations of their past, the peculiarities of Japanese scholars' interests and methodologies, the organization and material culture of previous Japanese societies, economic trade and the question of immigration, the political unification of Japan, and the relationships between the core islands of Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu to Hokkaido in the north and the Ryukyu Islands to the south.

  • About the Author(s)
    • Keiji Imamura, Author

  • Reviews and Endorsements
    • Challenges the status quo in Japanese archaeology, introduces new data, and synthesizes current research.... The best point of entry into Japanese archaeology in more than a decade.... A thoughtful, insightful, and stimulating book.
      Monumenta Nipponica