Principal Faculty: Professor Junko Habu
UC Berkeley Course: Anthropology 134A
This six-week summer program provides an introduction to field and laboratory methods in the archaeology of prehistoric Jomon hunter-gatherers of Japan. It is currently the only archaeological field school in Japan offered by an American university. As part of the Berkeley Sannai Maruyama/Goshizawa Matsumori Project (see below), we will excavate the Goshizawa Matsumori site. At this site, we will excavate one pit- dwelling, catalog the potsherds and other artifacts excavated from the site, and collect soil-samples for flotation. Flotation will be done to retrieve floral/faunal remains and lithic debitage. We also plan to work on soil samples that were previously collected from the Sannai Maruyama Site. This field school is run in collaboration with the Aomori Prefectural Archaeological Center, Board of Education of Aomori City, and the Preservation Office of the Sannai Maruyama site (a branch office of the Board of Education of Aomori Prefecture).