Emergence and Spread of Agriculture in East Asia
A talk by Miyamoto Kazuo
Monday, March 14, 2005
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
Professor Miyamoto will discuss the origins of agriculture in East Asia, and in particular explore the questions of whether agriculture in East Asia spread from a single center or emerged simultaneously in several subregions, what the earliest crops were and how they were domesticated, and how the early agricultural cultures laid the basis for the traditional lifeways of East Asia.
Miyamoto Kazuo is Professor of Archaeology at Kyûshû University in Fukuoka. Professor Miyamoto's research research centers on the prehistoric and early historical periods of East and Northeast Asia. He has conducted extensive field research in Japan and is one of a growing number of Japanese archaeologists to have led important multi-year fieldwork projects in mainland China. His book Chûgoku kodai hokukyôshi no kôkogakuteki kenkyû (Archaeological study of the history of China's northern frontiers in antiquity; Fukuoka: Chûgoku shoten, 2000) is a masterful synthesis of the transition to state-level civilization in this crucial region of mainland East Asia. Steeped in the data and yet informed by sophisticated anthropological theory, his work exemplifies the best of contemporary Japanese archaeological research.