Ph. D. (Tokyo Metropolitan University)

Senior Curator,
Odawara Castle Museum,
3-22, Jonai, Odawara City, Kanagawa Prefecture
E-mail: jun-suwama(at)city.odawara.kanagawa.jp
Born 1960 in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan


1982 graduated Risshou University, B.A. Archaeology, History Department, Faculty of Literature.
2009 defended Ph. D. degree from the Tokyo Metropolitan University.


1982 Cultural Heritage Management Department, Odawara City Board of Education.
2010- present  Senior Curator of the Odawara Castle Museum

Current research

Main research area of science is Pleistocene and Palaeolithic archaeology.
Reconstruction of Palaeolithic chronology, and the research of changing aspects of obsidian exploitation in Sagamino Upland area.
Re-examination of lithic industries specifically on the lowermost Tachikawa-roam stratum X in the emergence period of early Upper Palaeolithic of the Japanese Islands.

Academic Honors and Fellowship

2008 The 17th IWAJUKU Culture Award.
2008 President and Executive member of the Society for Lithic Studies.
2010 Management member of the Center for Obsidian and Lithic Studies, Meiji University.
2012 Research Fellow of the Center for Obsidian and Lithic Studies, Meiji University.

Selected publications

  • Suwama, J. 2011 Upper Palaeolithic: Exploitation and development of obsidian in the Sagamino, Upland. Annual meeting of the Japanese Archaeological Association 2011, Abstract Volume, pp.27-34 (in Japanese)
  • Suwama, J. 2010 Circulations of obsidian form the geologic source of Kashiwatoge Pass. Circulation Patterns in the Human Society as viewed form obsidian, pp.31-45. (in Japanese)
  • Suwama, J. 2010 Issues of the Earliest Palaeolithic examined from the initial phase of the Upper Palaeolithic. Symposium on the Issues of the Palaeolithic: Research into the oldest Palaeolithic in the Japanese Islands, pp. 49-52. Japanese Palaeolithic Research Association. (in Japanese)
  • Suwama, J., Noguchi, J., Shimadate, K. 2010 Chronology and regional variations of Palaeolithic cultures, 4. South Kanto area. In Japanese Archaeology Vol. 1, (Palaeolithic), pp. 381- 437. Aoki Publishing Co. Ltd. (in Japanese)
  • Suwama, J. 2007 Evaluation of the Initial Early Upper Palaeolithic industries. Session: Emergence and characteristic features of the Palaeolithic in the Japanese Islands, Abstract , Japanese Archaeological Association. (in Japanese)
  • Suwama, J. 2006 Looking into the oldest Palaeolithic in the Japanese islands: Significance of the research on Stratum X in Kanto region. Iwajuku Forum, pp.2-12.(in Japanese)
  • Suwama, J. 2006 Changes of obsidian exploitation in the Sagamino Upland. Bulletin of the Obsidian and Lithic Studies, 4,151-160.(in Japanese with English abstract)
  • Suwama, J. 2004 Historical changing of obsidian use in Sagamino Upland: An overview. Obsidian Summit International Workshop. Meiji University Session: Obsidian and its use in stone age of East Asia. Proceedings Volume, 15-23.
  • Suwama, J. 2001 Present status of lithic chronology in the Sagamino area. In Present Stage of Sagamino Palaeolithic chronologies, pp. 1-20.(in Japanese)
  • Suwama, J. Chronological changes of lithic industries in the Sagamino Upland: Development stages of lithic industries examined by stratigraphic evidence. (in Japanese)



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