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A unique Neolithic female figurine from Tell Seker al-Aheimar, Northeast Syria (Nishiaki,Y. 2007 Paleorient 33/2.)

The research interests of this laboratory involve the reconstruction of prehistoric cultural histories by studying archaeological specimens, including lithic artifacts and pottery as well as non-artifactual materials such as archaeobotanical and archaeozoological remains. Our main research area comprises western Eurasia, with a particular focus on the Middle East, where we have conducted fieldwork on an almost annual basis. Our research spans a range of different periods, from the Paleolithic and its fossil hominids, to the Neolithic, which saw the emergence of farming and pastoralism, and to the Bronze and Iron Ages, which gave rise to ancient civilizations. Our unique research approach is evident in how the fieldwork is planned and conducted separately for each research subject, and how the recovered materials undergo interdisciplinary analyses. Along with our research, we are also engaged in work that involves cataloguing and exhibiting the vast archaeological collections stored in the University of Tokyo.

Laboratory members consist of post-doctoral researchers, graduate students, and technical staff specializing in West Asian archaeology. Students interested in joining us should be affiliated with the Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, the University of Tokyo.


08-27, 2019

International conference of PPN9-Tokyo (Nov. 12~16) is approaching. Visit the website for the latest information.

04-15, 2019

International Workshop: Early Farming Societies of the Southern Caucasus

May 9, 2019 (Thus.) in INTERMEDIATEQUE, JP Tower

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12-04, 2017

The 4th Conference of the PaleoAsia Project

Date: December 910, 2017 (Sat.-Sun.)
Venue: Faculty of Science,, The University of Tokyo

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11-06, 2017

The database of Catalogue of Human Geography Materials in the Morio Ono Collection has been uploaded.

10-31, 2017

 “Catalogue of Human Geography Materials in the Morio Ono Collection. UMUT Material Reports No. 115” has been published.