09 March, 2018

Survey in China (Liangzhu site group)

From February 26 (Mon) to March 2 (Fri), I went to Zhejiang Province in China as my survey in our cooperative project "Rice Farming and Chinese Civilization" and examined human bone remains from the Liangzhu site group. 

My survey were conducted into the core survey in late FY2017.  Together with other members, I examined all of human bones excavated from the end of FY2016 and FY2017, and I took dental calculus samples from 4 of them.

Before taking samples

After taking samples

The Liangzhu site group is now constructed to archaeological park for applying to the World Heritage Sites. In our next surveys in the summer, we will see the different landscapes.

06 March, 2018

Scientific analysis of Japanese historical papers

This is my first paper about scientific analysis of Japanese historical documents.

Ayako Shibutani & Michihiro Kojima, 2018. An approach to scientific analysis of Japanese historical papers by microscopic observations: Analysing Japanese historical documents multidirectionally 3. Historical Studies and "Integrated Studies of Cultural and Research Resources" (National Museum of Japanese History, Japan, ed.), pp.98-120. Yoshikawakobunkan. (in Japanese)

01 March, 2018

Symposium ”Life of Ainu in 17th Century”

On February 23 to 25, I went to Sapporo in Hokkaido. The reason was that I attended at a meeting of JSPS Kakenhi Research Result Report on 24th (Sat).

"Life of Ainu and Environment in 17th Century from the Scope of Archaeological Sites in Usu, Date city"
Date & hours: February 24 in 2018,13:30-15:30
Venue: Hokkaido University Conference Hall
Project leader: Yuji Soeda
Speakers: Yukihito Nagaya, Tsudumi Miyaji, Shinji Sugiyama, Koji Kobayashi
Moderator of panel discussion: Miyuki Shibata

On the day, there were about 130 attendees, and after each presentations and panel discussion, these attendees asked many questions. In terms of Sapporo as locality, and meeting theme of life of Ainu, many people had interests in this symposium, and their opinions were helpful for our research members.

Next FY2018 will be the last year of our project, we need to sum up our research. I will progress my analysis in order to identify crop plant traces.