Cultural History of PaleoAsia

Scientific Research on Innovative Areas,
a MEXT Grant-in-Aid Project
FY2016-2020

Research Organization

Steering Committee

Project Leader
  • Yoshihiro Nishiaki, Professor
    Archaeology, The University Museum, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Co-investigators
  • Yasuhisa Kondo, Associate Professor
    Geoinformatics (GIS), Archaeology, RIHN Center, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Japan
  • Seiji Kadowaki, Lecturer Prehistoric
    Archaeology, Nagoya University Museum, Nagoya University, Japan
  • Hiroyuki Kitagawa, Professor
    Environmental Sciences, Chronology, Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research, Nagoya University, Japan
  • Atsushi Nobayashi, Professor
    Cultural Anthropology, Research Center for Cultural Resources, National Museum of Ethnology, Japan
  • Joe Yuichiro Wakano, Associate Professor
    Mathematical Biology, Institute for Advanced Study of Mathematical Sciences, Meiji University, Japan
Advisors:
  • Akira Ono, Professor Emeritus
    Archaeology, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan
  • Tasuku Kimura, Professor Emeritus
    Physical Anthropology, The University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Motomitsu Uchibori, Professor
    Cultural Anthropology, Faculty of Liberal Arts, The Open University of Japan, Japan
  • Ofer Bar-Yosef, Professor
    Prehistoric Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University, USA
Secretariat
  • Mayumi Yaguchi
    The University Museum, The University of Tokyo, Japan

International Research Promotion Group

Project Leader
  • Yoshihiro Nishiaki, Professor
    Archaeology, The University Museum, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Co-investigators
  • Seiji Kadowaki, Lecturer
    Prehistoric Archaeology, Nagoya University Museum, Nagoya University, Japan
    (Team Leader, Research Team A02)
  • Hiroyuki Kitagawa, Professor
    Environmental Sciences, Chronology, Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research, Nagoya University, Japan
    (Team Leader, Research Team A03)
  • Atsushi Nobayashi, Professor
    Cultural Anthropology, Research Center for Cultural Resources, National Museum of Ethnology, Japan
    (Team Leader, Research Team B01)
  • Joe Yuichiro Wakano, Associate Professor
    Mathematical Biology, Institute for Advanced Study of Mathematical Sciences, Meiji University, Japan
    (Team Leader, Research Team B02)
  • Kazuto Matsufuji, Professor
    East Asian Archaeology, Faculty of Letters, Doshisha University, Japan
    (Co-investigator, Research Team A01)
  • Toko Fujimoto, Assistant Professor
    Cultural Anthropology, Department of Cultural Research, National Museum of Ethnology, Japan
    (Co-investigator, Research Team B01)
  • Takeru Akazawa, Professor Emeritus
    Anthropology, Kochi University of Technology, Japan
  • Miho Suzuki, Project Academic Support Specialist
    Secretariat, The University Museum, the University of Tokyo, Japan

Research Team A01

A chrono-spatial framework for the emergence of modern humans and their cultures in Asia

Team Leader
  • Yoshihiro Nishiaki, Professor
    West Asian Archaeology, The University Museum, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Co-investigators
  • Kazuto Matsufuji, Professor
    East Asian Archaeology, Faculty of Letters, Doshisha University, Japan
  • Jun Takakura, Assistant Professor
    North Asian Archaeology, Archaeological Research Center, Hokkaido University, Japan
  • Takuya Yamaoka, Associate Professor
    Southeast Asian Archaeology, Department of Social and Human Studies, Shizuoka University, Japan
  • Hajime Ishida, Professor
    Physical Anthropology, Graduate School of Medicine, University of the Ryukyus, Japan
  • Hitoshi Magara, Director
    Uozu Museum of History and Folklre Director City History Compilation Office
  • Kazuya Nakagawa, Assistant Chief
    Archaeology, Excavation Section, Kyoto-prefecture research center for Archaeologycal propertys, Japan
  • Shinji Kato, Director
    Archaeology, Planning and Coordination Section, Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Japan
  • Kazuharu Takehana, Correspondent in Japan
    Paleolithic Culture (Techno-typology), Institute of Human Paleontology at Paris, France
  • Atsushi Noguchi, Project Academic Support Specialist
    South Asian Archaeology, The University Museum, the University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Hiroto Nakata, Lecturer
    Japanese Archaeology, College of Literature, Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan
  • Atsushi Uemine, Program-Specific Assistant Professor
    Archaeology, The Hakubi Center for Advanced Research / Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University, Japan
Overseas Collaborators
  • Wang Youping, Professor
    Department of Archaeology, Peking University, China
  • Otabek Aripdjanov, Vice Director
    State Museum of History, Uzbekistan
  • Sonia Shidrang, Researcher
    National Museum of Iran, Iran
  • James Blinkhorn, Research Associate
    Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology, University of Liverpool, UK

Research Team A02

Dynamism of human behavior during the dispersal of Homo sapiens into Asia

Team Leader
  • Seiji Kadowaki, Lecturer
    Prehistoric Archaeology, Nagoya University Museum, Nagoya University, Japan
Co-investigators
  • Masami Izuho, Associate Professor
    Geoarchaeology, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan
  • Rintaro Ono, Associate Professor
    Maritime Archaeology, School of Marine Science and Technology, Tokai University, Japan
  • Yuichi Nakazawa, Assistant Professor
    Palaeolithic Archaeology, School of Marine Science and Technology, Graduate School of Medicine, Hokkaido University, Japan
  • Keiichi Takahashi, Deputy Director-General
    Vertebrate Paleontology, Lake Biwa Museum, Japan
  • Yuichi Naito, Postdoctoral researcher
    Physical Anthropology, Isotope Geochemistry, Department of Biogeochemistry, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, Japan
Overseas Collaborators
  • Donald O. Henry, Professor Emeritus
    Department of Anthropology, University of Tulsa, USA
  • Byambaa Gunchinsuren, Vice President
    Institute of History and Archaeology, Mongolian Academy of Sciences, Mongolia
  • Alfred F. Pawlik, Scientist II and Associate Professor
    University of the Philippines Archaeological Studies Program, Philippines

Research Team A03

Changing climate and resident-environment in the migrations and expansions of Homo sapience across the continent of Asia

Team Leader
  • Hiroyuki Kitagawa, Professor
    Environmental Sciences, Chronology, Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research, Nagoya University, Japan
Co-investigators
  • Toshiyuki Fujiki, Lecturer
    Palynology, Faculty of Science, Okayama University of Sciences, Japan
  • Fumiko W. Nara, Researcher
    Climatology, Geochemistry, Geology, Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research, Nagoya University, Japan
  • Hitoshi Hasegawa, Lecturer
    Sedimentology, Paleoclimatology, Faculty of Science and Technology, Kochi University, Japan
  • Yasuhisa Kondo, Associate Professor
    Geoinformatics (GIS), Archaeology, RIHN Center, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Japan
  • Toru Tamura, Researcher
    Sedimentology, Geomorphology, Chronology, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan
Overseas Collaborators
  • Mordechai (Moti) Stein
    Geochemistry, Geological Survey of Israel, Israel
  • Jaesoo Lim
    Quaternary Science, Geochemistry, Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM), Korea
  • Dang Xuan Phong
    Geography, Geochemistry, Institute of Geography, Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology (VAST), Vietnam
  • Niiden Ichinnorov
    Pollen analysis, paleovegetation reconstruction, Institute of Paleontology and Geology, Mongolia

Research Team B01

Anthropological study on cultural and behavioral change through dispersal and contact of human populations

Team Leader
  • Atsushi Nobayashi, Professor
    Cultural Anthropology, Research Center for Cultural Resources, National Museum of Ethnology, Japan
Co-investigators
  • Kazunobu Ikeya, Professor
    Ecological Anthropology, Department of Cultural Research, National Museum of Ethnology, Japan
  • Yoko Ueba, Associate Professor
    Ethno-Artistic Study, Research Center for Cultural Resources, National Museum of Ethnology, Japan
  • Toko Fujimoto, Associate Professor
    Cultural Anthropology, Department of Cultural Research, National Museum of Ethnology, Japan
  • Yuriko Yamanaka, Associate Professor
    Studies of Cultural Representations, Department of Cultural Research, National Museum of Ethnology, Japan
  • Shuhei Uda, Associate Professor
    Environmental Folklore, Department of Advanced Studies in Anthropology, National Museum of Ethnology, Japan
  • Hideyuki Onishi, Professor
    Ecological Anthropology, Historical Ecology, Faculty of Contemporary Social Studies, Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts, Japan
  • Miwa Kanetani, Visiting Researcher
    Anthropology,Department of Social Research, National Museum of Ethnology, Japan
  • Haruka Kikuta, Assistant Professor
    Cultural Anthropology, Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, Hokkaido University, Japan
  • Ayami Nakatani, Professor
    Cultural Anthropology, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Okayama University, Japan
  • Yuzo Marukawa, Associate Professor
    Digital Anthropology, Department of Advanced Studies in Anthropology, National Museum of Ethnology, Japan
  • Setsuko Yoshida, Professor
    Cultural Anthropology, Department of Sociology, Shikoku Gakuin University, Japan

Research Team B02

Mathematical modelling and analysis of cultural and behavioral changes through dispersal and settlement of human populations

Team Leader
  • Joe Yuichiro Wakano, Associate Professor
    Mathematical Biology, School of Interdisciplinary Mathematical Sciences, Meiji University, Japan
Co-investigators
  • Yutaka Kobayashi, Associate Professor
    Mathematical Biology, Department of Management, Kochi University of Technology, Japan
  • Naoyuki Takahata, Professor Emeritus
    Human Population Genetics, The Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Japan
  • Kenichi Aoki, Research Fellow
    Population Biology, Intellectual Property Law and Policy Institute, (IPLPI), Meiji University, Japan
  • Yasuo Ihara, Lecturer
    Theoretical Anthropology, Graduate School of Science, Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Overseas Collaborators
  • Marcus W. Feldman, Professor
    Stanford University, USA
  • Laurent Lehmann, Professor
    University of Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Alex Mesoudi, Associate Professor of Cultural Evolution
    University of Exeter, UK
  • Joseph Henrich, Professor
    Harvard University, USA
  • Magnus Enquist, Professor of Ethology
    Stockholm University, Sweden