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Information for the International Symposium and Public lecture on “Lithic raw material exploitation and circulation in prehistory: a comparative perspective in diverse palaeoenvironment”


Lithic raw material provenance studies have long tradition both in Europe and in East Asia. Specifically, obsidian provenance studies have attained a new horizon of this area in recent two decades in Japan and adjoining area as in Russian Far East and Korean Peninsula. Archaeological interpretations of lithic raw material procurement systems and distribution pattern or transportation systems have also developed in various areas with many case studies on different lithic raw materials. This symposium aims to discuss on these topics with particular reference to the comparative perspective between Europe and East Asia.

Oct. 27, 2012

Public lectures (with English -Japanese translation)

-13:00- 13:15 Welcome address by the organizer, Akira Ono (Director of Center for Obsidian and lithic studies)
-13:15-14:45 Katalin T. Biro (Hungarian National Museum) Carapathian obsidians of art of Central European obsidian research.
-15:00-16:30 Dieter Schaefer (University of Innsbruck ) The Mesolithic Project Ullafelsen of Tyrol (Austria).

Oct. 28, 2012


1) 9:10-9:40 Mi-Young Hong (Hanyang University)
Obsidian appeared Paleolithic industries in Korean peninsula.
2) 9:40-10:10 Vadim Stepanchuk (Institute of Archaeology of National Ukrainian Academy of Science)
Small opportunities and big needs:Mira EUP case of  raw materials exploitation
(Dnepr basin, Ukraine).
3) 10:10-10:40 Sergey Ryzhov (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv)
Obsidian outcrops in Transcarpathia and their use during
    the Paleolithic time.
4) 11:00-11:30 Katalin T. Biro (Hungarian National Museum)
Petroarchaeological research in the Carpathian basin: methods, results, challenges.
5) 11:30-12:00 Harald Floss (University of Tübingen)
Rivers as orientation axes for migrations, raw material transport and exchange in the
Upper Palaeolithic of Central Europe.
<Lunch break>
6) 13:30-14:00 Stefano Bertola (University of Innsbruck)
The raw material variability in the mesolithic site of Ullafelsen (Sellain, Tirol, Austria).
7) 14:00-14:30 Yuichiro Kudo (National Museum of Japanese History)
Temporal correlation between archaeological and Environmental records from late MIS3 to early MIS1 in Japan.
8) 14:30-15:00 Hiroyuki Sato & Miyuki Yakushige (The University of Tokyo)
Obsidian exploitation and circulation in Late Pleistocene Hokkaido and adjacent
9) 15:30-16:00 Kazutaka Shimada (Meiji University Museum)
Upper Palaeolithic obsidian use in central Japan.
10) 16:00-16:30 Koujiro Shiba ( Nara National Research Institute of Cultural Properties )
Acquisition and consumption of obsidian in the Upper Paleolithic of Kyushu.
16:40-17:40 Discussions


Meiji University, “Academy Common” building, 9 Floor, 309E room.
1-1 Kanda-Surugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8301
TEL : 03-3296-4545 (operator)


Meiji University, Center for Obsidian and lithic studies and  MEXT-Supported Program for the Strategic Research Foundation at Private University : “Historical variation in interactions between humans and natural resources: towards the construction of a prehistoric anthropography”.


International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA),
Humans and the Biosphere (HaB) Commission