Jomon pot top

In this short survey of Jomon pottery, Dr. Ali Ghobadi will explore some basic topics of Jomon archaeology so that viewers can better understand the ancient Jomon people who were making the myriad pottery designs that we see today in museums in Japan and throughout the world. A variety of ceramic pots, figures, and objects covering more than 10,000 years of Japanese (pre)history will be featured, including several that have been designated as “National Treasures” of Japan.

Ali Ghobadi, Ph.D. is a local scholar based at American University in Washington, DC. He has been interested in Japanese culture and the archaeology of Japan since 2006, and has been affiliated with Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan, the Niigata Prefectural Museum of History, and the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures. His doctoral research, which was completed in 2015, involved the Middle Jomon people of Niigata prefecture and social networks among the ancient villages that produced the famous flame-style pottery “火炎土器” of the Middle Jomon period. During the COVID19 pandemic, he has been working virtually from the Washington DC area, but looks forward to returning to Japan as soon as conditions allow.

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