Join Maria Shinoto (Associate Professor, institute for Prehistory, Protohistory and Near Eastern Archaeology, Heidelberg University) for a virtual talk on the Sōshoku Kofun of Japan via Zoom with the Society for East Asian Archaeology on Thursday, June 6, 2024! The talk will take place from 7:00-8:30 AM (Eastern Standard Time)/8:00-9:30 PM (Japan Standard Time)/12:00-1:30 PM (Central European Time).

Maria's study explores Japanese Kofun and Early Historical period burials with decorations, known as sōshoku kofun, using quantitative research methods. Her database, compiled since 2009, contains information from 885 burials, including 122 motive types and other traits. The research aims to understand the development of the complete body of sōshoku kofun distributed over various regions in Japan. The talk covers the research's context, quantitative methods, database creation, analyses, and a model of iconography's meaning and spread in Japan.

Kawano Kazutaka (Senior Curator of Japanese Archaeology, Tokyo National Museum) will serve as a discussant for the talk, whereas James Coburn (MA Student, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) will serve as moderator. The talk is organized by Mitchell Ma (PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto).

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