07 December, 2017

Lecture by an associate director of the Getty Research Institute

On December 6th (Wed), a lecture by Kathleen Salomon, associate director of the Getty Research Institute (GRI) was conducted, and I joined in it.

The lecture was "Broadening our horizons: the Getty Research Institute and the dissemination of art research information internationally", and she showed the history of the Getty Research Library, and introduced the current global approaches and dissemination of international research information.

This lecture is related to our project, integrated studies of cultural and research resources, and so I joined in it. I was very stimulated with the active dissemination of research information through resource digitization by GRI, even though I'm not very familiar with this field. How can we collaborate our Japanese team's plans with GRI projects? We've got many assiginments by this lecture.

32nd Meeting of Japanese Association of Historical Botany

On December 2nd (Sat) and 3rd (Sun), I joined in the 32nd Meeting of Japanese Association of Historical Botany (URL: just only in Japanese) for presenting a poster.

On 2nd (Sat), a symposium "Environment, Rice Cultivation, and Chinese Civilization: Approaches to Integrated Studies of Rice-based Civilizations" was conducted, and my cooperative research members talked about our current research results.

Unfortunately, this symposium had no panel discussion, and so the whole of symposium was a kind of public lectures. But we presented that our current research results enable to offer important impacts to other studies, I think.

On 3rd (Sun), oral and poster presentations were conducted, and I presented a poster to show our research results.

Ayako Shibutani, Bin Liu, Ningyuan Wang, Jie Chen, Jian Song, Kenji Okazaki, Yu Itahashi, Shin’ichi Nakamura. 2017. Plant food in the Neolithic Lower Yangtze Area, China from starch granules of human dental calculus: Focusing on the Liangzhu site group and Guangfulin site.

In the poster session, all presenters gave 2-minutes lightning talks, and after that they explained their posters in their core times. To our poster, many researchers suggested how and what we can interpret the results "no starth (poorly preserved)". 

Next year's meeting will be held at the Lake Biwa Museum, Japan.

30 November, 2017

Symposium about Field Cultivation (Report)

On November 25 (Sat), Symposium "Exploring field cultivation of Ainu"④ was held at the Date City Institute of Funkawan Culture in Hokkaido.

Dr. Eisuke Yokoyama explained this theme outline, and 7 speakers including me presented case studies and research results.

I reported crop remains of a field structure at the Kamuitapukopushita site in Usu, focusing on starch granules extracted from sediment samples.


In our discussion after presentations, the following themes were mainly focused: When was acutual field cultivation started in Hokkaido? What kind of evidences can we detect? Both of speakers and attendees discussed about them actively and deeply.

All of presentations and discussion will be published in March 2018.