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Stanley Ho Junior Research Fellowship in Chinese

Pembroke College, Oxford wishes to appoint a Junior Research Fellow (JRF) in Chinese Studies of any area, discipline or period. The appointment will be from 1 September 2021 for three years.

The Stanley Ho JRF in Chinese will be expected to conduct original research in their chosen field and to contribute to the development of Chinese studies at Pembroke College. This will include assisting students reading Chinese in the college with advice and mentoring. Teaching opportunities may also be available through the Oriental Studies Faculty and with the consent of the Fellow in Chinese.

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NEW BOOK: Archaeology of Medieval Towns: Case Studies from Japan and Europe

In recent years, major new archaeological discoveries have redefined the development of towns and cities in the Japanese archipelago. The uncovering of the plans of major port towns such as Sakai, Kusado Sengen and Ichijōdani, and the revealing of early phases in the development of cities such as Kamakura and Hakata provide an important new resource in understanding the cultural and economic processes which shaped medieval Japan.

This fully illustrated book provides a sampler of these findings for a western audience. The new discoveries from Japan are set in context of medieval archaeology beyond Japan by accompanying essays from leading European specialists.

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Lecture: The Prehistoric Jomon Pottery of Japan: Ancient Art through Archaeology (online)

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.

Join the SAS Bulletin: Call for editors

From Carmen Ting, Editor for the Society for Archaeological Sciences Bulletin

I hope you have noticed and are pleased with the changes we have slowly implemented to the SAS bulletin over the past year. As promised in our last Annual General Meeting - which was also our very first virtual meeting, we are expanding our editorial team so that we can bring to you a broader spectrum of topics, truly reflecting the interdisciplinary of and innovation in our field. In addition to adding new blood, we are looking to replace one of most loyal contributors, Dr Charlie Kolb, who is stepping down from his role as the Associate Editor for Archaeological Ceramics due to personal reasons after serving the editorial board and the SAS in different capacities for decades. You will be sorely missed and there will be some big shoes to fill. Thus, we are currently looking to fill in the associate editors for the following areas:

Archaeological Ceramics (available from Spring 2021)

Bioarchaeology (available now)

Archaeobotany (available now)

Geoarchaeology (available now)

Remote Sensing and Prospection (available now)

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IPPA Congress 2022

The Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association has recently announced their upcoming conference, details of which are below. We would also like to congratualte Prof. Rasmi Shoocongdej, who has recently taken up the role of preident of IPPA!

About the conference:

The IPPA Executive Committee voted to support the Thailand proposal to host the 2022 IPPA Congress:

The Congress will be held at the Le Meridien Hotel, Chiang Mai from the 6th-12th November 2022. 

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Eurasian Archaeology Seminar Series

The Oxford Centre for Asian Archaeology, Art, and Culture presents the following speakers as part of its Eurasian Archaeology Seminar Series. Talks are open to everyone. To receive access details for the Zoom event or for any other questions please contact Dr. Anke Hein at

Monday, 19 October, 2020, 16:00 BST, via MS Teams: Dylan Gaffney (University of Cambridge): Eurasia-Pacific trade connections from the Neolithic to the Dutch East India Company

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Understanding Authenticity in China’s Cultural Heritage Seminar Series

Seminar Series jointly organized by Oxford University and SOAS

Everyone is welcome to attend the following sessions: 

Wednesday, 21 October 2020, 11:00 BST
Zhang Lisheng and David Francis (UCL): Re-evaluating authenticity: Creativity in contemporary craft making in China

Wednesday, 28 October 2020, 12:00 BST
David Lebovitz (HKBU Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology): Was it really so, royal uncles? Notions of authenticity in the reception, redaction and reconstruction of some avuncular remonstrations.


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