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
  • Michael Chazan, Professor
    Department of Anthropology, Tronto University, Canada
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
  • Chie Akashi, Project Academic Support Staff
    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
  • Rikai Sawafuji, Postdoctoral Researcher
    Department of Human Biology and Anatomy, Graduate School of Medicine, University of the Ryukyus
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
Invited Researchers
  • Osamu Kondo, Associate Professor
    Dept. of Biol. Sciences, Grad. School of Science, The University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Atsushi Uemine, Program-Specific Assistant Professor
    Archaeology, The Hakubi Center for Advanced Research / Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Ryosuke Kimura, Associate Professor
    Dept. of Biol. Sciences, Grad. School of Science, The University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Sadakatsu Kunitake, Associate Reserch Fellow
    Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Property, Japan

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
Invited Researchers
  • Takashi Nakazawa, Professor
    Division of Natural Sciences, Research Group of Chemistry, Nara Women’s University, Japan

Research Team A03

Changing climate and resident-environment in the migrations and expansions of Homo sapiens 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
Invited Researchers
  • Hiroki Oota, Associate Professor
    School of Medicine, Kitasato University

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
  • Mikako Toda, Research Fellow
    Center for Academic Research Development, National Museum of Ethnology, Japan
  • Yujie Peng, Project Researcher
    Center for Cultural Resource Studies, National Museum of Ethnology, Japan
  • Nobuhiro Kishigami, Professor
    Research Center for Cultural Resources, National Museum of Ethnology
Invited Researchers
  • Hitoshi, Yamada, Associate Professor
    Graduate School / Faculty Of Arts And Letters Tohoku University

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
  • Yasuo Ihara, Lecturer
    Theoretical Anthropology, Graduate School of Science, Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Kenichi Aoki, Research Fellow
    Population Biology, Intellectual Property Law and Policy Institute, (IPLPI), Meiji University, Japan
  • Mitsuhiro Nakamura, Postdoctoral Researcher
    Mathematical biology, OSCRIP, Meiji University, Japan
  • Kohei Tamura, Assistant Professor
    Cultural Evolution, Frontier Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Tohoku University, 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
Invited Researchers
  • Hiroki Oota, Associate Professor
    School of Medicine, Kitasato University