The Archaeology of Japan: From the Earliest Rice Farming Villages to the Rise of the State

The Archaeology of Japan: From the Earliest Rice Farming Villages to the Rise of the State

by Koji Mizoguchi
     
 

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This is the first book-length study of the Yayoi and Kofun periods of Japan (c.600 BC–AD 700), in which the introduction of rice paddy-field farming from the Korean peninsula ignited the rapid development of social complexity and hierarchy that culminated with the formation of the ancient Japanese state. The author traces the historical trajectory of the Yayoi

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This is the first book-length study of the Yayoi and Kofun periods of Japan (c.600 BC–AD 700), in which the introduction of rice paddy-field farming from the Korean peninsula ignited the rapid development of social complexity and hierarchy that culminated with the formation of the ancient Japanese state. The author traces the historical trajectory of the Yayoi and Kofun periods by employing cutting-edge sociological, anthropological and archaeological theories and methods. The book reveals a fascinating process through which sophisticated hunting-gathering communities in an archipelago on the eastern fringe of the Eurasian continent were transformed materially and symbolically into a state.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107241015
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/25/2013
Series:
Cambridge World Archaeology
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,103,847
File size:
96 MB
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Meet the Author

Dr Koji Mizoguchi is Professor of Social Archaeology at the Graduate School of Social and Cultural Studies, Kyushu University, Japan. He is the author of An Archaeological History of Japan: 30,000 BC to AD 700 (2002) and Archaeology, Society and Identity in Modern Japan (Cambridge University Press, 2006). Dr Mizoguchi is regarded as a leading Japanese archaeologist, particularly in the study of the Yayoi period and mortuary archaeology. His many contributions to scholarly journals focus on the postcolonial archaeologies of East Asia with special emphasis on Japan, the relationship between modernization and the disciplinization of archaeology, and the study of the centralization and hierarchization of social relations by using formal network analysis methods.

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