Cultural History of PaleoAsia

Scientific Research on Innovative Areas,
a MEXT Grant-in-Aid Project


The 3rd Conference of The PaleoAsia Project (May 12-14, 2017)

Schedule: May 12-14, 2017
Venue: National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka

Venue: No.5/7 Seminar Room, National Museum of Ethnology, Japan

Workshop: “‘Movius Line’ and Beads in Modern Humans’ Culture”

Program (PDF)

May 13 (Sat), 2017

10:30-10:40 Opening Remarks

10:40-11:05 Atsushi Nobayashi (B01) Use and Abuse of Adaptation Theory: Ecological Niche and Boundaries of “Culture”

11:05-11:30 Kazunobu Ikeya (B01) Beads in Asia: Seashells and Eggshells of Ostrich as Materials

11:30-12:00 Introduction for Special Exhibition “Beads in the World” by Kazunobu Ikeya

12:00-13:10 Lunch Break/ Exhibition Tour

13:10-13:35 Takuya Yamaoka The History and the State of Archaeological Studies on Interprestions of the Movius Line

13:35-14:00 Atsushi Noguchi (A01) Geographical variation in the Middle and Upper Palaeolithic cultures in South Asia: can ‘Movius Line’ be recognized in the period of modern human emergence?

14:00-14:25 Yoshihiro Nishiaki and Atsushi Noguchi (A01) Variability in personal ornaments in the Middle and Upper Palaeolithic: a global survey

14:25-14:50 Rintaro Ono, Alfred Pawlik, Riczar Fuentes, and Suryatman (A02) Material Culture and subsistence of Modern Human in the East of Movius line: a view from Southeast Asia and Oceania.

14:50-15:15 Hiroyuki Kitagawa (A03) The Movius line-climatological interpretation

15:15-15:35 Coffee Break

15:35-16:00 Yujie Peng (B01) Ethnographic perspective of ornaments and body decoration: Emphasizing relationships between hunter-gatherers and other groups

16:00-16:25 Naoyuki Takahata (B02) Southern dispersal route, genetic polymorphism and local adaptation

16:25-16:50 Flash Talks by Invited Researchers

17:15-19:15 Reception


May 14 (Sun), 2017


10:00-10:25 Seiji Kadowaki (A02) Formative processes and diversity of modern human cultures to the west of the Movius Line: behavioral and social implications of bladelets

Project Reports

10:25-10:50 Yasuhisa Kondo, Seiji Kadowaki, Hiroyuki Kitagawa, Miho Suzuki, Atsushi Noguchi, Hiroto Nakata, Atsushi Nobayashi, Yoshihiro Nishiaki
Data sharing within the PaleoAsia project to accelerate interdisciplinary research

10:50-11:50 Poster Session (No.7 Seminar Room)

11:50-13:00 Lunch Break / Steering Committee’s Meeting

13:00-13:25 Masami Izuho (A02) Anthropological and Archaeological Investigations on the Earliest Modern Human in Mongolia: 2009 -2016 Field Campaigns

13:25-13:50 Kazuto Matsufuji (A01) Phases of Homo sapiens’s appearance stage in East Asia

13:50-14:15 Yuichi Nakazawa (A02) Resource intensification and stone boiling: a prospect from the European archaeological record toward a synthetic analysis of cobble concentrations in the PaleoAsia project

14:15-14:40 Hiroyuki Kitagawa (A03) Agent-based model simulation for understanding spread and segregation of culture

14:40-15:05 Toru Tamura (A03) Sediment sampling for OSL dating

15:05-15:25 Coffee Break

15:25-15:50 Shuhei Uda (B01) Gender differences of subsistence activities and phases of group contact in northeastern Asia

15:50-16:15 Joe Yuichiro Wakano and Kenichi Aoki (B02) Modeling genetic introgression and heterogeneous environment in ecocultural range-expansion models

16:15-16:40 Yutaka Kobayashi and laurent Lehmann (B02) Cumulative cultural evolution and vertical transmission

16:40-16:50 Closing Remarks


Poster Session

  • Research Team A01

P1. Hiroto Nakata
The ornamentation of the Japanese Palaeolithic

P2. Rikai Sawafuji and Hajime Ishida
Culture studies using ancient dental calculus: application to PaleoAsia studies

P3. Miho Suzuki
Edge-ground stone axes in the Initial Upper Palaeolithic of East Asia: A unique lithic technology from east of the Movius Line

P4. Jun Takakura
An overview of the Sibiryachiha tradition: distribution, dates, and subsistence

  • Research Team A03

P5. Toshiyuki Fujiki and Hiroyuki Kitagawa
Preliminary results on pollen analysis of last glacial period submerged forest in Dekishima coast

P6. Hitoshi Hasegawa
Reconstruction of paleoenvironment during the last glacial based on the Loess-Paleosol sequence record

P7. Fumiko Watanabe Nara
What is the trigger for the precipitation variability in the continental region?

  • Research Team B01

P8. Toko Fujimoto
Change of Dwellings in the Contact Zone: Anthropological Research on Sedentarization of Kazakh Society

P9. Miwa Kanetani, Yoko Ueba, Ayami Nakatani
Lineware: Usage of Ecological Resources in Assam, India

P10. Haruka Kikuta
Changes of objects and social relations in Central Asia: The case of blue pottery’s development and disappearance

P11. Hideyuki Ōnishi
Relations between Human Evolution and Technological Innovations from Ethnographic Perspectives

P12. Yuriko Yamanaka
The Biota of the Imaginary (2): Global Distribution of Mermaid Imagery in Relation to the Habitat of Aquatic Animals

P13. Setsuko Yoshida
Sedentarization of the Kyrgyzes and their Tomb Form Changes: a preliminary study of the interrelation between social and material changes in Central Asia

  • Research Team B02

P14. Mitsuhiro Nakamura
A phylogenetic approach to cultural evolution in PaleoAsia


Invited Research Projects: Flash Talks 16:25-16:50 May 13, 2017

1. Atsushi Uemine (A01)
Elucidation of the chronology and human behavioral pattern reflected in quartz artifacts in East Asia

2. Ryosuke Kimura (A01)
A feasibility study on genome analysis of ancient humans in the Lake Baikal area

3. Osamu Kondo (A01)
Late Pleistocene human fossil remains in West Asia

4. Sadakatsu Kunitake (A01)
Study of the formation process of Upper Paleolithic culture in Kazakhstan

5. Takashi Nakazawa (A02)
Protein archaeology applied to collagen in 2,000- to 40,000-year-old animal bones

6. Nagayoshi Katsuta (A03)
The last glacial environmental changes in intracontinental Eurasia recorded in the sedimentary sequences from basins of the Baikal rift zone

7. Hitoshi Yamada(B01)
Constructing dynamic models of human group interactions based on ethnographic data: aim of the present study

8. Hiroki Oota, Takafumi Ishida (B02)
A study of lifestyle and genome diversity focused on minority groups in Thailand and humanremains from archaeological sites