024 - 001: Freshman Seminar

Current Issues and Challenges in Japanese Archaeology

Instructor: Junko Habu

Term: Spring 2019

Time: M 10 am - 10:59 am

Units: 1

Course Number: 26534

The Freshman Seminar Program has been designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small seminar setting. Freshman seminars are offered in all campus departments, and topics may vary from department to department and semester to semester. Enrollment limited to 15 freshmen. 

Course Description:

The goal of this seminar is to review new findings and current theoretical and methodological issues in Japanese archaeology, with a focus on prehistoric and early historic periods.  It will cover subsistence, settlement and society of prehistoric and historic residents of the Japanese archipelago, as well as biological and cultural diversity among these people. The course also aims to discuss the implications of these archaeological studies on our understanding of Japanese identities. Emphasis will be on the study of food diversity and systems' resilience, networks, social processes, and mechanisms of long-term change.