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Professor of Archaeology, Kyushu University

An archaeologist based in Japan, specialised in Japanese and European (mainly British) archaeology and archaeological theorisation, especially an area called 'Social Archaeology'. My publications include 'An Archaeological History of Japan, 30,000 BC to AD 700' (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002), 'Archaeology, Society and Identity in Modern Japan' (Cambridge University Press, 2006), and 'The Archaeology of Japan: From the Earliest Rice Farming Villages to the Rise of the State' (Cambridge University Press, 2013).


  • –present
    Professor of Archaeology, Kyushu Unievrsity


  • 1995 
    University of Cambridge, Ph.D.


Awardee, 3rd Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Prize