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Akashi Chie


My research involves the evolution of plant use in West Asia throughout prehistory and history, based on plant macro-remains (e.g., seeds, fruits) discovered in archaeological sites. In recent decades, many scholars have focused on the origin of agriculture, but its spread is still under discussion. Our fieldwork at Neolithic sites in Azerbaijan since 2009 has provided me the chance to study the northern dispersal of domesticated plants. I am also interested in agriculture and land use during the Bronze Age in Syria, the location of my first excavations in West Asia. Medieval food culture in Central Asia is another subject of interest, for such historical periods have not yet provided archaeobotanical evidence for comparison with historical sources.

Education and Academic Employment

2002-2006 School of Letters, Arts and Sciences I, Waseda University
2006-2014 Graduate School of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Waseda University
2008-2010 Research Fellow (DC), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
2011-2012 Assistant, Japan Center for International Cooperation in Conservation, The National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo
2012-2014 Research Associate, Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Waseda University
2014- Research Fellow (PD), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (The University Museum, The University of Tokyo)

Academic Publications

  • Kadowaki, S., Maher, L., Portillo, M., Albert, R. M., Akashi, C., Guliyev, F., Nishiaki, Y. (in press) “Geoarchaeological and Palaeobotanical Evidence for Prehistoric Cereal Storage in the Southern Caucasus: the Neolithic Settlement of Göytepe (Mid 8th Millennium BP).” Journal of Archaeological Science
  • Nishiaki, Y., Guiliev, F., Kadowaki, S., Arimatsu, Y., Hayakawa, Y., Shimogama, K., Miki, T., Akashi, C., Arai, S. and Salimbeyov, S. (in press) “Haci Elamxanli Tepe: Excavations of the Earliest Pottery Neolithic Occupations on the Middle Kura, Azerbaijan, 2012.” IN: Archaologische Mitteilungen aus Iran und Turan.
  • Akashi, C. (2011) “The Subsistence and the Plant Use in Tell Ghanem al-Ali: Early Bronze Age Syria.” Al-Rafidan 32: 105-110.
  • Fuji, S., Adachi, T., Akashi, C. and Suzuki, K. (2011) “Wadi al-Hajana 1: A Preliminary Report of the 2010 Excavation Season.” Al-Rafidan 32: 134-145.
  • Hongo, H., Akashi, C., Omar, L., Tanno, K. and Nasu, H. (2010) “Zooarchaeology and Ethnoarchaeobotany at Tell Ghanem al-Ali.” IN: Formation of Tribal Communities Integrated Research in the Middle Euphrates, Syria (Al-Rafidan special issue), pp. 97-104.
  • Quiliev, F., Nishiaki, Y., Huseynov, F., Kadowaki, Tanno, K., Hayakawa, Y., Hacizade, N., Babayeva, T., Kume, S., Shimogama, K., Arimatsu, Y. and Akashi, C. (2010) “Goytepe Neolit Yasayis Yarinde Arxeoloji Qazintilar (Tovuz Rayonu).” IN: Archaeological Researches in Azerbaijan 2009, pp. 45-54.
  • Akashi, C. and Tanno, K. (2009) “Botanical Survey of Bishri Hills: Related with the Excavation of the Rujum Hedaja 1.” Al-Rafidan 30: 188-190.

Water flotation

Water flotation at Salat Cami Yani in Turkey

Plant macro-remains.

Plant macro-remains.from Tell Ghanem al-Ali, Syria