SEAA Society for East Asian Archaeology




posted Oct 8, 2016


Schätze der Archäologie Vietnams (Treasures of Vietnamese Archaeology)

LWL-Museum of Archaeology, Herne, Oct 07, 2016  - Feb 26, 2017

smac Staatliches Museum für Archäologie Chemnitz, Mar 31 - Aug 21.2017

Magnificent jade sceptres, precious terracotta mythical creatures, gigantic bronze drums. The special exhibition “Treasures of Vietnamese Archaeology” shows these and other spectacular finds in Europa for the very first time. They come from historically significant sites, such as the temple city of My Son in the central Vietnamese jungle and the imperial palace of Thang Long in the capital, Hanoi, both of them UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites. The exhibition attempts for the first time in Germany to provide an overall picture of the historical and cultural riches of this country, this Far Eastern world and its life between the delta of the Red River in the north and the Mekong in the south.

This exhibition project marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Germany and Vietnam. The German Foreign Minister, Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and the Vietnamese Minister of Culture, Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Thien, have assumed the patronage of the exhibition. This unique exhibition will be shown from 2016 to 2018 at three German museums, first of all at the LWL-Museum of Archaeology in Herne, then at the State Museum of Archaeology Chemnitz and the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museums in Mannheim. english


posted July 6, 2016
subm. by Annette KIESER


Second Conference of European Association for Asian Art and Archaeology, University of Zurich, Switzerland
August 24 - 27, 2017

Deadline: Nov 15, 2016

The Board of the EAAA is pleased to announce the call for paper for the 2nd EAAA conference to be held at University of Zurich, Switzerland, between 24th and 27th August 2017.

Deadline for submissions: November 15, 2016

Notification of acceptance: February 28, 2017

The conference is jointly organized by the European Association for Asian Art and Archaeology (EAAA) and the Section of East Asian Art History (KGOA) at the University of Zurich.

The University of Zurich is the only institution of higher learning in Switzerland where the subject of East Asian art history can be studied as a full program. Museum research constitutes an important part of the department´s activities and its broader aim is to promote the discipline of East Asian art history, both within Switzerland and within Europe. The KGOA is proud to host the conference as a founding member of the EAAA.

The purposes of the conference are to:

Conference participation

Scholars of Asian art and archaeology from Europe and beyond are invited to submit their proposals for contributions on art and archaeology of China, Japan, Korea, South and Central Asia, as well as on art theory, methodology and museum research of these areas. Presenters are either established scholars (working at museums, universities, institutes or active as independent scholars) or junior scholars (holding MA or PhD degrees).

For details on submissions, please consult the EAAA homepage:

Further information

For more information on the EAAA and its conference, visit the EAAA


At a later date, suggestions for accommodations in Zurich and other information will be posted on the website.

For questions related to the conference, please contact:

For questions related to the EAAA, please contact:

Organizational committee

Hans Bjarne Thomsen (KGOA, University of Zurich & EAAA)
Natasa Vampelj Suhadolnik (EAAA)
Anna Hagdorn (KGOA, University of Zurich)




posted May 10, 2016
subm. by Ariane PERRIN


Derrière la Grande Muraille. Chine et Mongolie au temps des premiers empereurs (Behind the Great Wall. China and Mongolia at the time of the first emperors)

Laténium, Parc et musée d’archéologie de Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Until 29 May 2016


Au 3e siècle av. J.-C., les Xiongnu, cavaliers des steppes de Mongolie, se montrent très belliqueux envers leurs voisins du sud. Pour se protéger des attaques de ces redoutables tribus, Qin Shi Huandi, premier empereur de Chine, fait construire en un temps record une longue fortification. A sa mort et durant cinq siècles, Xiongnu et Han ne cesseront de s’affronter, engageant tantôt des conflits meurtriers, proposant tantôt des traités de paix et des alliances. De cette rivalité entre une civilisation tournée vers le nomadisme et le pastoralisme au nord, et une civilisation sédentaire et citadine, tournée vers l’agriculture au sud, vont s’affirmer deux mondes étonnants qui connaîtront chacun à leur manière un développement artistique, technique et économique hors du commun. Cette époque est marquée par la construction de la Grande muraille, l’ouverture de la route de la Soie, les riches tombes aristocratiques et un art animalier particulièrement expressif et dynamique.

Exhibition catalogue:
Ramseyer, Denis and André, Guilhem. Derrière la Grande Muraille. Mongolie et Chine au temps des premiers empereurs (209 avant à 220 après J.-C.). Ed. du Laténium, Hauterive, 2015. 91 pages, richly illustrated.

Credit line for the picture :
Exhibition « Derrière la Grande Muraille ». Copyright Laténium, Photo M. Juillard.


posted May 10, 2016
subm. by Ariane PERRIN



Earth, Fire, Soul - Masterpieces of Korean Ceramics

Grand Palais, Paris
Until 20 June 2016


To mark the 130th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Paris and Seoul, the Grand Palais, backed by the National Museum of Korea, is exhibiting 300 masterpieces of Korean ceramics, a historical tradition dating from the first century AD and inspired by Central Asia and China.

Throughout the entire world, ceramics are made using earth and fire, but the style and characteristics of ceramics in various regions are quite different. Certainly, Korean ceramics embody the uniqueness of Korea—the mind and spirit of the country—and thus occupy their own exclusive domain. This exhibition features numerous masterpieces from the collection of the National Museum of Korea, many of which have been officially designated as Treasures and National Treasures, allowing visitors to explore the full history of Korean ceramics while immersing themselves in the inherent spirit that it contains.

The exhibition provides an inclusive overview of Korean ceramics, ranging from ancient times of the Three Kingdoms Period, through the Goryeo Dynasty and the Joseon Dynasty, and up to the contemporary era. For example, notable early works include elaborate vessels shaped like people and animals, which were often entombed with the deceased in order to guide the soul into the afterlife, thus reflecting funerary beliefs of the time. Meanwhile, the thriving aristocratic culture of the Goryeo period is evoked by celadon vessels with sumptuous forms and lavish coats of brilliant jade-colored glaze, demonstrating the high tastes of the upper class. The optimism and energy of the early Joseon era can be felt in the free and creative designs of buncheong wares, while the austere beauty of pristine white porcelain conveys the Neo-Confucian principles promoted by the Joseon society.

This exhibition is co-organized by the Réunion des musées nationaux - Grand Palais and the National Museum of Korea.



posted Jan 17, 2016

Chinese Cultural Relics (CCR) Translation Contest for Young Scholars


The inaugural CCR Translation Contest for Young Scholars begins Thursday, January 7, 2016

Open to current graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and young professionals in fields related to Chinese archaeology, history, ancient architecture and art history

Prizes of $1,000, $750 and $500 for the top three translations

Travel stipends for the top three finalists to attend an award ceremony held during the 2016 Society for East Asian Archaeology Worldwide Conference (June 8-12 in Boston)

Winning translations will be published in a forthcoming issue of Chinese Cultural Relics

Online registration is now open! The deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 31, 2016.

For online registration and complete contest details, visit

The Contest Flyer and the Press Release are attached for your circulation.


Chinese Cultural Relics (CCR) Translation Contest 2016 flyer

Chinese Cultural Relics (CCR) Translation Contest 2016 Registration



posted Oct 01, 2015

Chinese Oracle Bones


Back in 1982, Colin Shell and myself made a teaching video of oracle bone processing by QI Wenxin when she was visiting Cambridge to assess the collection in the University Library.

Charles Aylmer translated the text at that time. Charles has now mounted the video, subtitled, on the UL website together with a further discussion of oracle bones:

This video and text are now available for teaching. I hope it will be useful to those doing Chinese archaeology. 


posted July 31, 2015


– Obituary –


Pochan CHEN 陳伯楨

October 29, 1973 – June 28, 2015

Prof. Pochan Chen, of the Department of Anthropology, National Taiwan University (NTU), passed away of heart failure at the age of 41 in Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital in Taipei on the morning of June 28, 2015. He was interred in a flower burial in Taipei following a funeral service attended by over 300 mourners on Monday, July 20th. He is survived by his parents, brother, and fiancée LIN Kuei-chen.

Pochan was born in Jilong, Taiwan on October 29, 1973 and raised in part by his maternal grandparents. He was reading newspapers by the age of three, early evidence of his life-long love of reading and learning. It seems that from that age on he never stopped, and his handle on publications in his fields of study was encyclopedic. He attended high school at Taipei Municipal Neihu High School (臺北市立內湖高中) as a member of one of this schools first cohorts of students, and after graduation was accepted to National Taiwan University, where he matriculated in the Department of Anthropology in 1991. At Taida he attended his first archaeological fieldwork. After graduation, he spent two years as a research assistant in the Institute of History and Philology of Academia Sinica, before matriculating in the Interdepartmental PhD Program in Archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1996. There he received an MA degree in 1999 based on his thesis: “Rethinking of Austronesian Homeland and Dispersal – From the Perspective of Research Methodology,” and subsequently his a PhD in 2004 with a dissertation entitled: “Salt Production and Distribution from the Neolithic Period to Han Dynasty in Eastern Sichuan Basin, China,” both of which he submitted under the supervision of Prof. Lothar von FALKENHAUSEN.

His dissertation was based on more than a year of fieldwork in the Three Gorges at the site of Zhongba, in Zhong Xian County, Chongqing, which he first visited on his first trip to China in the spring of 1999 along with his advisor, classmates and colleagues from UCLA. Beginning in the fall of that same year, he joined a team of archaeologists from the Sichuan Provincial Institute of Archaeology, Peking University and UCLA and helped lead the excavations of part of the site. His dissertation work was based in part on those excavations and their contextualization within the broader regional cultural and social history. Many of his academic publications, as well as his book Ancient Central China: Centers and Peripheries along the Yangzi River co-authored with Rowan FLAD were based in part on these excavations.

Immediately upon graduating he joined the faculty of his alma mater, National Taiwan University, as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2014, and served on numerous committees at Taiwan National University in addition to being the secretary for the Taiwan Society for Anthropology and Ethnography, the Austronesian Representative to the Society for East Asian Archaeology, on the editorial boards of Taiwan Renlei Xuekan 臺灣人類學刊 [Taiwan Journal of Anthropology] and Asian Perspectives, an affiliated professor at the Open University of Kaohsiung and Sichuan University, and an important advisor for numerous museum exhibits, and education and archive projects across Taiwan. In addition to his term as a visiting faculty member at Sichuan University in 2008 (during which he donated his entire salary to a relief fund for the victims of the disastrous Wenchuan earthquake), he was also a fellow at the Harvard-Yenching Institute during the 2010-11 academic year, during which the final manuscript for his co-authored book with Cambridge University Press was completed.

Throughout these years, Pochan continued his active field research in the People’s Republic of China. He was a Principal Investigator along with LI Shuicheng (Peking University), JIANG Zhanghua (Chengdu City Institute of Archaeology), Rowan FLAD (Harvard University) and Gwen BENNETT (Washington University, St. Louis / McGill University), of the Chengdu Plain Archaeological Survey from 2005-2011. Subsequently, he has been a PI of the Tao River Archaeological Project together with WANG Hui (Gansu Provincial Institute of Archaeology), LI Shuicheng and Rowan FLAD. Simultaneously, he was constantly involved in an advisory capacity in a number of archaeological and ethnographic projects elsewhere in China and in Taiwan. This research has led to publications in numerous academic venues in addition to his co-authored book, including (but not limited to): Xinshixue 新史學 [New history]; Nanfang Wenwu 南方文物 [Relics from South]; Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States; Nanfang Minzu Kaogu 南方民族考古 [Southern ethnology and archaeology]; Kaogu 考古 [Archaeology]; Asian perspectives; and Kaogu Renlei Xuekan 考古人類學刊 [Journal of Archaeology and Anthropology], as well as numerous edited volumes and the translation of a children’s book on archaeology. He was a frequent awardee of funds from the Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan for his research and before his death had recently been informed that he would be receiving the Ta-You Wu Memorial Award 吳大猷先生紀念獎 in 2015, an award rarely bestowed on scholars in the social sciences and humanities.

He was a regular and enthusiastic conference attendee, participating in many small conferences, the Society for American Archaeology meetings most years, several meetings of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association, as well as every meeting of the Society for East Asian Archaeology except for the first one, starting with his presentation of a paper at the second SEAA conference in Durham in 2000. He was also advising on the planning of the Seventh International SEAA conference to take place at Harvard and Boston University in 2016. His contributions to meetings and conferences were always well considered and inevitably raised the quality of the sessions in which he took part.

Pochan was particularly dedicated to teaching, including public outreach through museums, advising and classroom instruction. He received teaching awards from National Taiwan University on a number of occasions for his dedication to teaching and to his students. He regularly taught a courseload beyond that required, and the list of courses he taught at National Taiwan University is impressive in its breadth as well as its length, including courses such as “Physical Anthropology,” “Archaeology of Ancient China,” “Historical Archaeology,” “Computers and Statistic Applications in Archaeology,” “Quantitative Research in Anthropology,” “Archaeology and Contemporary Societies,” “Seminar on the Middle and Upper Yangzi Valley,” “Archaeology of Trade and Diasporas,” “Gender Issues in Archaeology,” “Archaeological Theory,” and “Human Geographic Information Science” among others.

Pochan’s last trip to China was in May, 2015 when he joined the field season of the Tao River Archaeology Project for two weeks during his academic term. He was unable to stay until the end of the season due to teaching responsibilities, but did join the team for work at each of the sites of focus for the season: Dayatou (in both Lintao and Guanghe Counties) and Majiayao and Siwashan (both in Lintao County). The team also visited the Guanghe County seat, where the county government was planning a conference on the Qijia culture to occur at the end of July in concert with the opening of a new museum focused on Qijia. Given recent work by the TRAP project at Qijiaping, the type site of the Qijia culture, Pochan intended to attend this conference to report on this recent work. In advance of the conference, during this visit, he also sat for an interview with the director of the Guanghe Wenwuju. He returned to Taiwan about ten days later via Hangzhou, a place he had never previously visited, and taught his last two weeks of classes. He was stricken by a heart attack on his way home from a celebration with students marking the end of the academic year.

The impact of his life and career is evident from the emotional series of eulogies given at his funeral. The ceremony started with statements by Jeff CHENG 鄭玠甫 (PhD student at Boston University), TU Cheng-sheng 杜正勝 (Research Fellow, Academia Sinica; Professor, Chang Jung Christian University; Former Minister of Education of Taiwan and Former Director of the National Palace Museum); TSANG Cheng-hwa臧振華 (Distinguished Research Fellow, Academia Sinica), CHEN Jo-Shui 陳弱水 (Dean of Humanities, National Taiwan University), HSU Fu-Chang 徐富昌 (Professor, Department of Chinese Literature, National Taiwan University), and LIN Wei-Pin 林瑋嬪 (Chair, Department of Anthropology, National Taiwan University). These were followed by a series of short films showing images of his life, and more comments by ZHENG Yiting 鄭怡庭 (Assistant Professor, National Taiwan Normal University, Comparative Literature), Rowan FLAD (Professor, Harvard University, Anthropology), CHIANG Chihhua 江芝華 (Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, National Taiwan University), representatives of classmates from college (CHENG Jianwen 鄭建文), overseas students (CHEN Binghui 陳炳輝), advisees (CHOU Meng-jhen 周孟蓁) , and his other students (LAI Yiyu 賴奕諭), and, finally his partner LIN Kuei-chen 林圭偵 (Assistant Research Fellow, Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica).

Fellowships are being established in his honor at National Taiwan University and UCLA commemorating the major impact he has had on the field. NTU will host a commemorative event in his honor on their campus on September 25, 2015, and a session commemorating him will occur at the 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in Orlando, Florida in April, 2016.

by Rowan Flad, July 2015




CHEN Pochan at a salt manufacturing site in Taiwan
CHEN Pochan at the last SEAA conference 2014 CHEN Pochan at the IPPA conference in Siem Riep 2014

Download this text as pdf

Download bibliography of CHEN Pochan's publications (compiled by Lothar von Falkenhausen) as pdf





posted January 05, 2015

Association for Women in Asian Archaeology

Message from Jade D'Alpoim Guedes (Washington State University):

Women working in Asian Archaeology face a specific set of challenges in achieving success in their careers.

Graduate school is a pivotal time in a researcher's career, and mentoring is among the most significant forces that shape a student's experience and her future career trajectory. We aim to establish a Mentoring Program that will pair female graduate students or young faculty in Asian Archaeology with faculty working outside of their home institute.

Through this activity, we aim to enhance the graduate experience of women in Asian Archaeology, to increase the representation of women in Archaeology at all levels and to improve the environment for women currently pursuing a career in Asian Archaeology.

We are planning on having our first meeting at the SAA in Orlando, Florida, followed by a full meeting at the Society for East Asian Archaeology (SEAA) meeting in Boston 2016. In the meantime, I've set up an email listserv at WSU (AWAA). Please go here to join:

Please email
if you are interested in becoming a mentor or searching for a mentor or just interested in what we will do.

Come join us!





posted April 28, 2013

Project for the Preservation and Utilization of Artifacts from Nonaka Kofun

The Osaka University Department of Archaeology has created an English-language website in conjunction with its Project for the Preservation and Utilization of Artifacts from Nonaka Kofun. I hope it may be of interest to SEAA members.

Built in the 5th century in Fujiidera City, Osaka Prefecture, the Nonaka tomb (kofun) is situated roughly at the center of the Furuichi Tomb Cluster. The 1964 excavation conducted by Osaka University revealed that this kofun offered many important clues for our study of state formation in Japan.

Nonaka Kofun is an especially valuable resource for the study of ancient Japan, with its numerous artifacts evidencing the military, economic, and technological strength of the Yamato Kingdom.
Many of the pictures and videos are being released to the public for the first time.

The website can be accessed from the following link:





posted Feb 11, 2012

International Field Experience: Korean Art History and Archaeology

Dates: June 24 - July 8, 2012

(Deadline for application: March 2, 2012)


This intensive 15-day course is both a survey study of Korean art history and a field work course that includes excavation of archaeological sites in South Korea. The first eight days will be in Ulsan and at sites in the Ulsan area while the last six days will be in and around Seoul plus one travel day. The survey of Korean art includes the study of metal art crafts, ink paintings, folk paintings, and contemporary paintings, as well as visits to Buddhist temples such as Sokkuram and Pulguksa to view Buddhist architecture, sculpture, and paintings. We will study how Buddhism and Confucianism have influenced art and architecture through major cultural periods in Korean history. The study of art history in this course will also include a survey of modern/contemporary art including cultural and political forces in current history influencing new artistic trends.

The fieldwork portions of the course include visits to important archaeological excavation sites from prehistoric and major historic periods in Korea. This fieldwork also includes a visit to the Gyeongju National Museum in Ulsan to study the gold artifacts from royal burial sites and to study tomb paintings. The course will also visit the Korean National Museum in Seoul that offers art history exhibits and significant artifacts from archaeological excavations. Like the museum visits with both art and archaeological significance, the visits to Buddhist temples to view art with historical significance also offers a look into Korea’s archaeological heritage. Lectures with field trips will help students understand the historical and cultural context for the archaeological excavations we will be visiting.

(from the website of Portland State University)

for more information see:


posted Dez 18, 2011
subm. by Simon KANER

Archaeological Heritage and the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake

alt A personal view (by KANNO Tominori)

alt Further reading

posted July 9, 2011
subm. by Gina BARNES

Open access to Asian Perspectives

pdfs downloadable free for volumes 1-47 (1957-2008) at:

posted Dez 18, 2011
subm. by Simon KANER

Archaeological Heritage and the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake

alt A personal view (by KANNO Tominori)

alt Further reading

posted July 9, 2011
subm. by Gina BARNES

Open access to Asian Perspectives

pdfs downloadable free for volumes 1-47 (1957-2008) at:

posted July 9, 2011
subm. by Gina BARNES

Change of the Senior Management at the Sainsbury Institute

Dear Colleagues, friends and supporters of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures,

Almost four months have passed since the earthquake and tsunami struck northeastern Japan. Our thoughts continue to go to all who are contributing towards the rebuilding efforts and helping towards easing the suffering caused by this terrible disaster. At the Sainsbury Institute, we are continuing with our mission to promote the deeper understanding of Japanese arts and cultures in the UK and Europe. At the same time, we are proactively considering how best to fulfill our commitment to the recovery and reconstruction taking place in Japan, paying particular attention to the arts, culture and heritage.

It is now eleven years since the establishment of the Sainsbury Institute. We are extremely grateful for the generous support we have received up to this point. This support has been crucial in helping the Sainsbury Institute to reach our current level of achievement, enabling research projects and resulting publications, building effective research networks in Japanese arts and cultures in Japan, Europe and North America, helping to facilitate the research and opportunities for younger scholars in the field and building up of a greater public profile and understanding for Japanese arts and cultures in Europe. We offer our sincere gratitude to all of our friends who have supported us to date.

We would like to take this opportunity to explain some changes in the senior management of the Institute approved by the Institute’s Management Board on 28 June 2011. Dr Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere, Founder of the Institute and Director since its establishment in 1999 will, as Research Director, continue to be centrally involved in the research directions and projects of the Institute. Mizutori Mami joins the staff as Executive Director, with responsibility for the overall operations of the Institute. From 2005 to 2008, Ms Mizutori served as Minister for Cultural Affairs at the Embassy of Japan in the UK. Working with the Institute and other partners, she led many projects promoting Japanese culture in the UK. Dr Simon Kaner, until now Assistant Director, takes up a new half-time secondment as Director of the new Centre for Japanese Studies at the University of East Anglia. At the Institute, he will now become Head of the newly established Centre for Archaeology and Heritage, further developing the archaeology and heritage strands of the Institute's research. Dr Kaner, together with Mizutori Mami who has also been appointed to be the Special Adviser to the University of East Anglia for Japanese Studies, will foster the relationship between the new Centre for Japanese Studies of UEA and the Institute.

The Institute continues to rely on the invaluable guidance of our Management Board, chaired by Professor Edward Acton, Vice-Chancellor of the University of East Anglia, and our senior advisors in Japan, Professor Kawai Masatomo, Professor Kobayashi Tadashi, and Professor Kobayashi Tatsuo. We are grateful for all of your continued support as the Sainsbury Institute moves forward in an integrated fashion, continuing to build on the strengths of the first decade and adapting to the challenges of the second decade.

Yours sincerely,
Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere
Research Director

Mizutori Mami
Executive Director

Simon Kaner
Head, Centre for Japanese Archaeology and Heritage

64 The Close, Norwich NR1 4DH, UK
T: +44 (0)1603 597507 F: +44 (0)1603 625011

posted May. 8, 2011
subm. by Walter EDWARDS

Annual overviews of Japanese archaeology (new web resource)

The Japanese Archaeological Association has begun publishing English translations of selections from its annual review of Japanese archaeological research, contained in its yearly bulletin, "Archaeologia Japonica". Two items available at this time are overviews of research trends for the 2007 and 2008 Fiscal Years.

Each is accessible for viewing or downloading as a pdf file (under 400 kb, approximately 15 pages) from the following URL.


posted May. 8, 2011
subm. by Gina L. BARNES

 New Developments at the Sainsbury Institute

The Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (SISJAC) is delighted to announce the appointment of Mami Mizutori as Executive Director of the Institute from 1 May 2011. Ms Mizutori is currently a Senior Fellow at SISJAC and previously worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, her last post being Director for Financial Affairs, following appointments in London and Washington.

Ms Mizutori joins the Sainsbury Institute as it embarks upon its second decade of facilitating and delivering innovative research into all aspects of Japanese arts and cultures. The Founding Director, Dr Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere continues to be centrally involved in the research of the Institute, currently primarily focused on an unprecedented study of the Japanese ceramic collections at the British Museum. 

The Institute is also pleased to be closely associated with the development of Japanese studies at the University of East Anglia (UEA). UEA is establishing a new Centre for Japanese Studies in spring 2011, which will bring together a number of initiatives fostering Japan-related teaching and research. These include new degree-level Japanese language programmes, based in the School of Language and Communication Studies, supported by Yakult UK Inc., and new plogrammes in Japanese Cultural Heritage and Museology and Japanese Art and Archaeology in the School of World Art Studies and Museology (WAM). These new programmes complement existing strengths in Japanese visual media and contemporary society (including anime and manga) and translation studies.

These developments will facilitate linkages with other developments across UEA, including the new MSc in forensic science. To fuither support this, a new research centre, the Sainsbury Centre for Japanese Archaeology and Heritage (SCJAH) will be created, forming a bridge between SISJAC and WAM

SCJAH will be a fully integrated part of the Sainsbury Institute for Art (SIfA), a new initiative which will enhance collaboration between the various Sainsbury art benefactions in Norwich (the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, the Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas) and the School of World Art Studies and Museology at UEA.

The new Centre for Japanese Studies at UEA will be directed by Dr Simon Kaner, currently Assistant Director at SISJAC. Dr Kaner will now divide his time between SISJAC, where he will become Associate Director with responsibility for academic programmes and community engagement, and the new Centre for Japanese Studies.

The Sainsbury Institute takes this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us in realising the vision of our benefactors, Sir Robert and Lady Sainsbury. We look forward to welcoming you to our events in the future, and to building on our achievements to date in order to develop a better understanding of Japan and its place in the world, through the finest research into its arts and cultures'


posted March 09, 2011
subm. by Keith KNAPP

Early China Archaeological Digest 2/27


While digging a well, a man in Lianyungang, Jiangsu, found a Western Han tomb in his backyard. It looks at though it has never been robbed.

Esther Park pointed out this item on the skeletons of eighty horses found in two sacrificial pits that are attached to Han Wudi's mauseoleum. Could they possibly be the sweating horses from Ferghana?

Baima si in Luoyang is getting a makeover.

This news is tailor-made for Harry Rothschild. Yup, Henan authorities are reconstructing Wu Zetian's Mingtang in Luoyang. Harry, we are expecting a report on how good the reconstruction is.

This is a long and interesting article on the influence of Eurasian depictions of celestial phenomena on Japanese tombs. Thanks to Jeff Richey for bringing this to my attention.

This is another article on the fire that destroyed the main hall of Fahai temple in Fuzhou. The authorities say no cultural relics were damaged, but the main hall itself was probably the most important cultural relic.


posted Nov. 30, 2010
subm. by Gina L. BARNES

 Robbery reported at Chinese Terracotta Warriors tomb

GADLING, Nov. 26th, 2010

posted Nov. 14, 2010
subm. by Barbara SEYOCK

A new peer reviewed journal has been launched, focusing on the history of exchange relations in the East Asian world. Papers based on archaeological research are also very welcome.

Crossroads — Studies on the History of Exchange Relations in the East Asian World

縱横 — 東亞世界交流史研究
クロスロード — 東アジア世界の交流史研究
크로스로드 — 東아시아世界의交流史研究

Editor in chief:
Angela SCHOTTENHAMMER (Ghent, Belgium)

view contents / close contents


The journal is designed as an international forum for contributions related to the history of exchange relations in the East Asian world. The “East Asian World” in this context comprises geographically speaking the regions of China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan (core region) and their neighbours or regions that were considered their “peripheries” (such as for example Mongolia, Tibet, Vietnam etc.), including relevant predecessors (such as the Ryūkyūs, Bohai or Manchuria). Exchange relations and interaction with countries and regions beyond this East Asian world, like India, Russia and all the countries on the Eurasian continent, continental and insular Southeast Asia, regions around the Persian Gulf and generally the macro-region of what is designated as the "Oriental world" - in contrast to "Occidental Europe" - as well as interaction with for example the American or African continent are also part of the focus, as long as there existed important and/or sustainable contacts to the mentioned regions in East Asia. East Asia is thus treated as an entity made up of different countries and regions with similarities, but also with distinctive differences, concentrating on their interconnectedness and exchange relations, while emphasizing its relations to the macro-regions of Asia, Eurasia and the Orient, but also cross-Pacific interchange.

The focus of contributions are both continental (overland) and maritime (overseas) exchange relations of bilateral and multilateral interaction structures. With regard to contents, major emphasis will be placed on the transfer of science and technologies, cultural aspects in their widest interpretation, religions, commodity and product exchange, trade, as well as migration and the organization of functioning networks.
From the website (

Publisher’s website:

posted June 4, 2009
subm. by Barbara SEYOCK

From the media

Chinese pottery may be earliest discovered

Älteste Keramik der Welt stammt aus China

'Oldest pottery' found in China
By Jason Palmer

posted June 1, 2009
subm. by Barbara SEYOCK

From the media

Final resting place of Himiko discovered?

Himiko tomb in Nara: group
Experts date site to reign of fabled queen, Kashihara Nara Pref.

posted May 20, 2009
subm. by Barbara SEYOCK

From the media

Prehistoric man's cave found in southwest China

China to excavate Peking Man site again

Vandalism pits ancient cliff carvings in peril

Some 200 pieces of relics excavated in central China

Robot to creep into ancient tomb for exploration

Across China: Sichuan - History unearthed

Fresh proof of China being cradle of rice cultivation

Reading the rocks


posted July 22, 2008
subm. by Barbara SEYOCK

From the media

Mayumi-Kansuzuka kofun burial mound
Giant tomb opens up, but its mystery remains

Cover Story: Open ajar
NARA--Sixteen archeologists allowed limited access to an imperial mausoleum



posted July 8, 2008

Sad news reached us from Seattle/Bangkok. Dr. Roxanna M. Brown, director of the Southeast Asian Ceramics Museum at Bangkok University, Thailand, and renowned expert on South East Asian trade ceramics, passed away on May 14th under tragic circumstances.


In Memoriam - Roxanna Maude Brown

Roxanna Brown, Asian art expert, dies in custody,0,7352492.story


posted May 19, 2008

Support for the Ōsaka Prefectural Museum of Yayoi Culture (Izumi, Japan)

Information reached us that claiming financial problems, the Ōsaka prefectural government plans the closing and sale of two out of four Ōsaka museums, among them the Museum of Yayoi Culture in Izumi City.

The Ōsaka Prefectural Museum of Yayoi Culture was the first full-scale museum to be established specializing in the exhibition of artefacts of Yayoi culture, and opened in the city of Izumi (south of Ōsaka) in February 1991. The museum neighbours the famous Ikegami-sone site, one of the largest settlements of the Yayoi Period, which now forms a historic park featuring the reconstruction of a Yayoi period village around a large-sized central building.

The opposition of many academics and research groups against the plans of the prefectural government recently led into the establishment of the Society for the Support of Ōsaka Museums (Osaka-fu no hakubutsukan o shien suru kai 大阪府の博物館を支援する会).

Find more information and a Call for Support at


posted Jan 19, 2008
subm. by Barbara SEYOCK

From the media

The Japan Times online, Jan. 18, 2008:
Mitsubishi strikes deal with British Museum

China, Jan. 16, 2008:
2,500-year-old sword excavated from tomb

Beijing, Jan. 10, 2008:
Destroying the Dragon Kilns

China, Dec. 28, 2007:
Ancient merchant boat arrives at purpose-built museum:

China, Dec. 26, 2007:
Treasures that went down with ships continue to dazzle, Dec. 28, 2007:
Ruins point to site of Nobunaga's suicide

China, Dec. 13, 2007:
Legal action mulled over German terracotta army fakes

China, Dec. 08, 2007:
2,200-year-old imperial tombs found in Henan

China, Nov. 30, 2007:
Digging to start on horse-chariot chamber

JoongAng Daily, Nov. 17, 2007:
Sacred reliquaries unearthed
사리함 발굴돼


posted Dec 23, 2007
subm. by Barbara SEYOCK

From the media

BBC News, Dec. 21, 2007:
Ancient ship raised from S China Sea (with video)

Spiegel-online, Dec. 22, 2007:
Die letzte Fahrt der "Nanhai",1518,525079,00.html (with video)

Korea Times, Nov. 10, 2007:
Wooden Invoices Found in Shipwreck, Oct. 4, 2007:
Ancient pollen adds to legend of queen Himiko

posted Dec 14, 2007

Bulletin of the Asia Institute

The following notice reached us from the editor of the "Bulletin of the Asia Institute", C. A. Bromberg:

"A number of articles and reviews in the latest volume of the scholarly journal ‘Bulletin of the Asia Institute,’ just published, may be of interest. Please share this with SEAA members. The price of the volume is $70 + shipping; earlier volumes are offered at a 50% discount.“

[For further information see:]

posted Dec 10, 2007

From the media

N. Korea building conservation center for ancient tomb murals

By Kim Yoo-seung
SEOUL, Nov. 11 (Yonhap) -- North Korea is constructing a center for preserving the tomb murals of Korea's ancient kingdom of Koguryo in its capital city through close cooperation with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), a pro-Pyongyang newspaper published in Japan said Sunday.

According to the Chosun Shinbo, North Korea is building the four-story conservation center in Pyongyang, which will exhibit Koguryo's tomb murals. Some of the murals were listed by UNESCO on the 2004 World Heritage List.

from: Yonhap News Agency

posted Nov 27, 2007
subm. by Barbara SEYOCK

From the media

Japan Times, Sept. 21,  2007:
Scholars to get OK to survey two Imperial mausoleums

Yomiuri Shinbun, Nov. 3, 2007:
Family pics show old shell mounds

National Geographic News, Sept. 26, 2007:
Stone Age Rice Fields Discovered in China Swamp

The Korea Times, oct. 24:
Historical Discovery of Baekje Urns

posted Oct 14, 2007

Submissions sought for WORLD ARCHAEOLOGY

Submissions are currently being sought for WORLD ARCHAEOLOGY 40(4) on the theme: Debates in World Archaeology. Debates issues (the first one was published in December 2004) are forums for discussion of controversial archaeological topics and for responses to papers previously published in the journal. Papers may respond to earlier contributions, but we also welcome joint submissions that consider a problem from different perspectives. Submissions are due by April 2008 for publication in December 2008. For further information, or to submit a paper, contact the editors of this issue:
Elisabeth A. Bacus (, or Michael J. Shott (

posted July 30, 2007
subm. by REN Xinyu

MS program in Archaeology Resource Management

Beginning in the fall of 2007, University of Georgia will be offering a new one-year MS program in Archaeology Resource Management.

posted May 7, 2007
subm. by Helen LEWIS

World Archaeological Congress, Dublin 2008: WAC-6 First Announcement

The organising committee of the Sixth World Archaeology Congress (WAC-6) are delighted to now invite colleagues from across the globe to come to University College Dublin, Ireland from June 29-July 4, 2008 for this spectacular archaeological conference. We are planning a varied and engaging thematic programme and a wide range of social events that will provide opportunities to experience the cultural and social 'life' of Dublin and Ireland and to sample this island's outstanding archaeological heritage.

WAC is committed to diversity and to redressing global inequities in archaeology through conferences, publications and scholarly programs. It has a special interest in protecting the cultural heritage of Indigenous peoples, minorities and peoples from a range of countries. WAC-6 will continue the established practice of previous international congresses in facilitating the participation and empowerment of indigenous peoples and researchers from economically disadvantaged countries.

This first announcement is a call for themes, sessions, papers and posters. See for details of application, programme, accommodation, costs and grant opportunities.


posted April 1, 2007
subm. by Walter EDWARDS


In the interest of obtaining broader international participation in its journal, the Japanese Archaeological Association is welcoming contributions from scholars based professionally in the West (meaning either currently working in, or professionally trained in, North America or Europe) to the Journal of the Japanese Archaeological Association.

Although the Journal normally takes contributions only from members of the Japanese Archaeological Association, this requirement will be waived in the interest in obtaining broader international participation.

For contributions to be considered for publication, the content must focus on some aspect of Japanese archaeology. This may include archaeological examinations of interactions with other cultural spheres at any time in the past.

Contributions must be written in Japanese. If a potential contributor has work worthy of publication but cannot meet this requirement, the Association is willing to consider the translation of manuscripts prepared in English.
Submissions and inquiries should be made directly to the Association. Further information about the Journal's format, etc., may be found on the Association's website:

(This posting is being made on behalf of the Japanese Archaeological Association by Walter EDWARDS, a regular member of the Association and also a member of its Committee for International Exchange.)


posted March 16, 2007
subm. by
Barbara SEYOCK

Han'guk gogohak gangeui 한국고고학강의 (Lectures on Korean Archaeology) has just been published. Being the first of its kind since Kim Weonyong's Han'guk gogohak gaeseol 한국고고학개설 (Outline of Korean archaeology) published in 1973, and revised in 1986, Han'guk gogohak gangeui comprises an outline of Korean archaeological cultures from the Palaeolithic up to Unified Silla and Ballae. The book is designed as teaching material for the use at university level and was initiated by the Korean Archaeological Society (for details:

ISBN : 8956027498
415 p., B5
19,000 Weon

see also:

Yonhap News:

posted Jan. 12, 2007
subm. by Gina L BARNES

(from the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association (IPPA))

Southeast Asian Archaeology Scholarly Website

The bibliography of the Southeast Asian Archaeology Scholarly Website that  Christopher King and Joyce White have developed now has 10,000 references pertinent to Southeast Asian archaeology, human biology, and palaeoenvironment. They have recently upgraded software and hardware for the site. Also the skeletal data from Non Nok Tha are now available for download.

posted Oct. 20, 2006

The new Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo will open on March 10, 2007.

Website at:

posted Sept. 29, 2006
subm. by Michael MOOS

To all of you who love old books we have to announce that one of the most famous and oldest antiquarian bookshops spezialized in books on Asia and the Far East,
Smitskamp Oriental Antiquarium in Leiden, Netherlands (established in 1683),
has closed its doors.

Website at:

Smitskamp Oriental Antiquarium, Leiden. Copyright by Michael Moos.
© M.Moos
Smitskamp Oriental Antiquarium, Leiden. Copyright by Michael Moos.
© M.Moos

posted Sept. 20, 2006
subm. by Gina BARNES

Opening day of the Institute of Art and Archaeology of China at China XI'AN Academy of Fine Art will be on the first of Oct.2006.

Website at:





















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