Despite an incredibly rich prehistory covering nearly ten thousand years, modern coverage of complex hunter-gatherer societies has tended to overlook the Jomon of Japan. This text presents an overview of the archaeology of the Jomon Period between 10,000 and 300 BC within the context of more recent complex hunter-gatherer societies. It bridges the gap between academic traditions in Japanese and Anglo-American archaeology and represents an invaluable source of reflection on the development of human complexity.
About the Author
Junko Habu is Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology, University of California at Berkeley. She has conducted fieldwork both in Japan and in North America. Her publications include Subsistence-Settlement Systems and Intersite Variability in the Moroiso Phase of the Early Jomon Period of Japan, International Monographs in Prehistory (2001).
Table of Contents
Part I. Overview: 1. Introduction; 2. Background to the study: overview of the Jomon Period; Part II. Subsistence and Settlement: 3. Subsistence strategies; 4. Settlement archaeology; Part III. Rituals, Crafts and Trade: 5. Mortuary and ceremonial practices; 6. Crafts and exchange networks; Part IV. Discussion and Conclusion: 7. Discussion and conclusion.