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Ph. D. (University of Hokkaido)



Archaeologist
Professor Emeritus, Tokyo Metropolitan University
Visiting Research Fellow, Meiji University
born 26th February 1946 in Joetsu City, Niigata Prefecture, Japan

Education

1964-1969 Meiji University, B.A., Archaeology and Geography.
1969-1971 University of Okayama, Major Course of Archaeology.
1971-1972 University of Tokyo, Faculty of Science, Biology Department, Research Student
of Physical Anthropology

Employment

1972-1973 Research stuff of the Nara National Cultural Properties Research Institute.
1973-1981 Research Associate of the University of Okayama, History Department, Seminar
of Archaeology.
1981-1991 Associate Professor of the University of Niigata, Faculty of Humanities,
Archaeology Department.
1991-1995 Professor of the University of Niigata, Faculty of Humanities, Archaeology
Department.
1995-2009 Professor of the Tokyo Metropolitan University, Faculty of Social Sciences and
Humanities, History Department, Archaeology Laboratory.
2009 April Professor Emeritus, Tokyo Metropolitan University.
2010- 20156 Director of the Center for Obsidian and Lithic Studies, Meiji University.

Current Research

  1. Comparative archaeology of Pleistocene-Holocene transition.
  2. Late Palaeolithic settlement system with particular reference to the raw material procurement in East Asia.
  3. Flaked bone tools on the Plaeolithic of the world.
  4. Kill-butchering site issues on the basis of bone modification and taphonomic processes.

Academic Fellowship, Grant and Honors

Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation research fellowship: 1979-1980, West Germany.
National science research grant: 1973, 1975 and 1990. Japan
Grant-in-Aid for scientific research on priority areas (1), The Ministry of Education,
No.04214108: 1991- 1995.
Grant-in-Aid for scientific research on priority areas (1), The Ministry of Education,
No.09208103: 1996- 2000.
Tokyo Metropolitan University Research Foundation grant: 1996,1997 and 2001
Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation research fellowship: 2002-2003, Visiting Professor at
the University of Tubingen.
Curt-Engelhorn Foundation research fellowship: 2003, in Mannheim.
Received the 10th IWAJYUKU-Culture Prize in honor of the advancement of Palaeolithic
studies. November 2001, from Kasakake-Machi, Gunma Prefecture, Japan.
Received the Japan Association for Quaternary Research Award in 2009.
Member of the Quaternary Research Committee in the Japanese National Science Council.
President of the Asian Palaeolithic Association (APA), President 2012-2014.
President of the Japan Association for Quaternary Research (JAQUA). 2013-2016.
Vice-President and Japanese delegate of the International Committee on Archaeological
Heritage Management (ICAHM). Executive member of the Japanese National
Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).
Japanese delegate of the U.I.S.P.P, Commission VIII ( Paleolithique superieur).
President of the Japanese Palaeolithic Research Association.2010-2014

Selected Publications

Books and Monographs

Ono, A. (ed.) 2019 Dynamic Interactions between Humans and Natural Environment, Vol. I,
Palaeolithic, 239p. A Series of the Center for Obsidian and Lithic Studies, Meiji
University. Yuzankaku, Tokyo. (in Japanese)
Ono, A., Shimada, K., Hashizume, J., Yoshida, A., Kumon, F.(eds.) 2016 An Anthropography of the Prehistoric Central Highlands of Japan: the 2011-2013 Excavation Seasons at the Hiroppara Site Group, Nagano Prefecture. Center for Obsidian and Lithic Studies, Meiji University, Material and Reports. Number 1, 342P. (in Japanese with English abstract)
Ono, A. Glascock, M.D., Kuzmin, Y.V., Suda, Y.(eds.) 2014a Methodological Issues for
Characterisation and Provenance Studies of Obsidian in Northeast Asia., British
Archaeological Reports (B.A.R.) International Series No. 2620, Archaeopress, Oxford.
Yamada, M. & Ono, A. (eds.) 2014b Lithic raw material exploitation and circulation in
prehistory: a comparative perspective in diverse palaeoenvironments. ERAUL, No. 138,
230P. Liege, Belgium.
Ono, A. and Izuho, M (eds.) 2012a Environmental changes and human occupation in East
Asia during OIS3 and OIS2. British Archaeological Reports (B.A.R.) International
Series 2352, Archaeopress, Oxford.
Ono, A. 2012b A Miracle Rediscovery of the Neanderthal, Asahi Sensho Nr. 891, Asahi
Shinbun Publications Inc. Japan. 202P. ISBN978-4-02- 259991-9 (in Japnese)
Ono, A.2007 Palaeolithic Perspectives: Japanese Islands and the World. Doseisha Co., Ltd.,
P. 277. Tokyo. (in Japanese)
Ono, A. (ed.) 2002. Mattobara III: A Late Palaeolithic camp site on the Shinano river terrace
in Central North Japan. Tokyo Metropolitan University, Occasional Papers of
Archaeology No. 7., 152P.+PL.XXII (in Japanese with English abstract)
Ono, A. 2001. Flaked Bone Tools: An alternative perspective on the Palaeolithic. University
of Tokyo Press, P.290, Tokyo. (in Japanese with English abstract)
Ono, A., Koike, H., Fukusawa, H. and Yamada, H. (eds.) 2000. Environment and Humans:
Reading human histories in nature. Asakura Publishing Co. Ltd. P.179, Tokyo. (in
Japanese)
Ono, A. 1998. Corpus of flaked bone tools in the Palaeolithic. Archaeology Series No. 1,
Grant-in-Aid for scientific research on priority areas (1). Ministry of Education. Project
paper. P.93. Tokyo.
Ono, A. (ed.) 1997. Mattobara II: A Late Palaeolithic camp site on the Shinano river terrace
in Central North Japan. Tokyo Metropolitan University, Occasional Papers of
Archaeology No. 1., P. 100, Pl. XV. (in Japanese with English abstract)
Ono, A. and Suzuki, T. (eds.) 1994. Emergence of Potteries in the Circum Japan Sea areas.
Yuzankaku Publishing Co. Ltd., P. 225, Tokyo. (in Japanese)
Ono, A. Harunari, H. and Oda, S. (eds.) 1992. Atlas of Japanese Archaeology. University of
Tokyo Press, P.242, Tokyo. (in Japanese)
Ono, A. (ed.) 1992. Mattobara I: A Late Palaeolithic camp site on the Shinano river terrace
in Central North Japan. Archaeology Department, University of Niigata. P. 64, Pl. XII.
(in Japanese with English abstract)

Selected Articles

Ono, A. (In press)Evidence of Symbolic Behavior during the Palaeolithic Period in Northeast Asia. Proceedings of 57th Hugo Obermaier-Gesellschaft, Heidenheim, 7th -11th April 2015. Kerns Verlag, Thübingen.
Ono, A. 2018a Issues regarding the Early Mesolithic ‘Beuronian’ in southern Germany. Natural Resource Environment and Humans, 8:119-129. (in Japanese with English abstract)
Mochizuki, A., and Ono, A. 2018b Sourcing obsidian artifacts from Location A, C, and D at the Mattobara site in Niigata Prefecture. Natural Resource Environment and Humans, 8:83-91. (in Japanese with English abstract)
Ono, A. 2017 Palaeolithic research and geoparks as viewed from the dynamics of human-resource environments. The Quaternary Research 56(3):89-95. (in Japanese with English abstract)
Ono, A., Shimada, K., Hashizume, J., Yoshida, A. 2016 Field survey for Mesolithic sites and Alpine landscape in northern Tyrol, Austria. Natural Resource Environment and Humans, 6:87-97. (in Japanese with English abstract)
Ono, A. 2014a Two patterns of obsidian exploitation in the Upper Paleolithic of the
Japanese islands. The Dolni Vestonice Studies, Vol. 20, 41- 44. Institute of Archaeology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Brno.
Ono, A. 2014b Modern hominids in the Japanese Islands and the early use of obsidian: the
case of Onbase Islet. World Heritage Papers, Human Evolution: Adaptations,
Dispersals and Social Developments (HEADS) 3, UNESCO
Ono, A. 2011a Natural environment and humans in the Palaeolithic, The Quaternary
Research, 50:85-94. (in Japanese with English abstract)
Ono, A. 2011b Obsidian in the natural resource environment: a methodological perspective,
Natural Resource Environment and Humans, 1:1-8 (in Japanese with English abstract)
Ono, A. 2011c Frameworks and the present state of Palaeolithic studies in Japan.
Anthropological Science (Japanese Series), 119: 1-8. (in Japanese with English
abstract)
Ono, A. 2006 Flaked bone tools and the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic transition: A brief
perspective. Archaeology, Ethnology & Anthropology of Eurasia, 4 (28): 38-47.
Ono, A. 2005 Chrono-stratigraphic frameworks and raw material procurement systems in the
Upper Palaeolithic of Japanese islands. The 10th International Symposium:
SUYANGGAE and her Neighbours. Yung-jo Lee, Jae-ho Kim, and Jong-yoon Woo
(eds.) pp. 73-85.
Ono, A. 2004a Human evolution and communicative development. The Japanese Journal of
Clinical Dialysis, Vol. 20, No.10, pp. 1243-1248. (in Japanese with English abstract)
Ono, A. 2004b Recent studies of the Late Palaeollithic industries in the Japanese islands.
Recent Palaeolithic Studies in Japan: Proceedings for tainted evidence and restoration
of confidence in the Pleistocene archaeology of the Japanese archipelago. The Japanese
Archaeological Association. pp.28-46
Ono, A. 2003 Fracture patterns and classification of flaked bone tools in the Palaeolithic.
Veröffentlichungen des Landesamtes für Archäologie Sachsen-Anhalt-
Landesmuseum für Vorgeschichte, Band 57/II (Festschrift für Dietrich Mania),
pp.434-440.
Ono, A. 2002 Hominid adaptations in the Last Glacial of Central Europe. Journal of
Geography, Vol. 111, No. 6, pp. 840-848. (in Japanese with English abstract)
Ono, A. 2001a. Calibrated dates and the archaeology of Central Europe in the Last Glacial-
Postglacial transition. The Quaternary Research, Vol. 40, No. 6, pp. 527- 534 (in
Japanese with English abstract)
Ono, A. 2001b. Europe: long chronology vs. short chronology. Quarterly of Archeology,
Special issues on Lower Palaeolithic reserach . No.74, pp.49-52. (in Japanaese)
Ono, A. 2000. Chronologincal issues of Central North Europe during the Glacial–Postglacial
transition. Festschrift of Professor H. Ohtsuka pp.992-1008. Tokyo-dou Press. (in
Japanese)
Ono, A. 1999. Archaeological prospections for the Palaeolithic site, Mattobara. Journal of
Archaeological Prospection Society of Japan. Vol. 1, No. 2, pp.34-39. (in Japanese)
Ono, A. 1998. Beginnings of new horizon of human history. Science Journal Vol. 68, No. 4,
pp.285-293. Iwanami Publishing Co. Ltd., Tokyo. (in Japanese)
Ono, A. 1997. Re-excavation of the antler of Rangifer tarandus found at Sasagami, Niigata
Prefecture, North Japan. Project Paper, pp. 45-51. University of Niigata. (in Japanese)
Ono, A. 1996. Possibility of "Allgemeine und vergleichnde Archäologie" proposed by H.
Müller-Karpe. Festschrift of Professor K. Amakasu. Festschrift organizing committee.
pp.391-400, Niigata. (in Japanese)
Ono, A. 1995. Provisional distinction between "Man the tool-maker" and "Pan the tool-
maker." Primate Research Vol. 11, pp. 239-246. Primate Society of Japan, Kyoto. ( in
Japanese with English abstract)
Ono, A. 1995. Die Altsteinzeit in Japan. Jahrbuch des Römisch-Germanischen
Zentralmuseum Mainz. 42. Jahrgang, pp. 3-19, 6Tafeln.
Ono, A. 1984 East Asia. In Neue Forschungen zur Altsteinzeit, Müller-Karpe, H. (Hrsg.)
Allgemeine und Vergleichenden Archäologie, Band 4., Kommission fur Allgemeine und
Vergleichende Archäologie des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts Bonn.Verlag C. H.
Beck, Munchen.
Ono, A., Sato, H., Tsutsumi, T., and Kudo, Y. 2002 Radiocarbon dates and archaeology of the
Late Pleistocene in the Japanese islands. Radiocarbon, Vol.44, No. 2. pp. 477-494.
Ono, A., Oda, S. and Matsu’ura, S. 1999. Palaeolithic cultures and Pleistocene hominids in
the Japanese islands: an overview. The Quaternary Research, Vol. 38, No. 3, pp. 177-
183
Ono, A., Iguchi, H. and Morinaga, H. 1997. Magnetic detection of heated soils in
experimentation. Grant-in-Aid for scientific research on priority areas (1). Ministry of
Education. Project paper. pp. 43-48. Tokyo. (in Japanese)
Ono, A. and Morinaga, H. 1996. Magnetic detection of heated soils at the Late Palaeolithic
site Mattobara, North Japan. Grant-in-Aid for scientific research on priority areas (1).
Ministry of Education. Project paper. pp. 22-24. Tokyo. (in Japanese)
Ono, A., Nakamura,Y., Yamakawa, F., and Watanabe, T. 1995b. Comparative analysis of cut
marks on bones. Kokogaku Kenkyu (Quarterly of Archaeological Studies) Vol. 41, No.
4, pp.36-52. Okayama. (in Japanese with English abstract)
Ono, A. and the Nojiri-ko Excavation Research Group 1991. Archaeology of Lake Nojiri: a
kill-butchering site of central north Japan in Later Pleistocene. The INQUA
International Symposium on Stratigraphy and Correlation of Quaternary Deposits of
the Asian and Pacific Regions (ed.by J. L. Harding) CCOP/TP 22:159-166.
Ono, A. and the Nojiri-ko Excavation Research Group 1986. Bone technology in the Late
Palaeolithic of East Asia: a Nojiri-ko case study. The Pleistocene Perspective Vol.1,
The World Archaeological Congress. Allen&Unwin.

Presentations at the International Congress and Workshop

Ono, A. 27-29 May 2019. Acquisition patterns of obsidian at the Upper Palaeolithic
Mattobara site in north-central Japan. The International Obsidian Conference Sárospatak, Hungary.
Ono, A. 15 July 2016. Invited lecture: Science and Obsidian: An international perspective. EAST MEETS WEST: The Archaeology of Obsidian and Flint. Thedford, England.
Ono, A. 1-3 June 2016. Keynote speech: The impact on obsidian source studies on
archaeology: a view from the Japanese islands. The International Obsidian Conference
Regional Aeolian Archaeological Museum "Luigi Bernabo Brea", Lipari, Italy.
Ono, A. 29 July 2015. IX INQUA Congress, Nagoya、Session H31: Bone material procurement
and tool-making technology on the Palaeolithic: a view from lithics.
Ono, A. 4 April 2015. Northeast Asian record of early symbolic behavior. Invited lecture at
the 57th Annual meeting of Hugo Obermaier- Gesellschaft, April 2015. Heidenheim,
Germany.
Ono, A. 16 October 2014. Invited two lectures at the Department of Archaeology and
Museology, Kiev National University, Ukraine, 16. October, 2014.1) Aspects of Japanese
archaeology: from Palaleolithic to the formation of ancient state. 2) Contributions to the
archaeological methods: Tephrochronology, and Obsidian analysis.
Ono, A. 15 October 2014. Archaeology and modern society at a crossroad: a Japanese
experience. Invited lecture at the Kiev National University, Ukraine.
Ono, A. 12-14 November 2014 Natural resource environment and humans around obsidian
exploitation in the Central Highland, Japan. The 7th International Symposium of the
Asian Palaeolithic Association, Gongju, Korea.
Ono, A. 27-29 August 2014.Two patterns of obsidian exploitation in the Upper Palaeolithic
of the Japanese islands. Mikulov Anthropology Meeting, Mikulov, Czech.
Ono, A., Suda, Y., Sugihara, S., Kannari, T., and Hashizume, J., 19 Aug. 2013. Obsidian
Studies in Japan and the role of the Center for Obsidian and Lithic Studies, Meiji
University, Poster presentation. ARCEOINVEST SYMPOSIUM, International Symposium on Chert and Other Knappable Materials, “Alexandru loan Cuza” University, Iasi, Romania.
Ono, A. 25 September 2012 Modern Human dispersals in the Japanese islands: Emergence of
edge-ground stone adzes and the exploitation of obsidian. UNESCO
World Heritage Thematic Program, Human Evolution: Adaptations, Dispersals and
Social Developments (HEADS), “Human Origin Sites in Asia and the World Heritage
Convention”, September 24-27, 2012, Jeongok Prehistory Museum, Yeonchon, Korea.
Ono, A. 7 July 2012 Obsidian acquisition in the central Japanese islands during MIS3 and
MIS2. The 5th Annual Meeting of the Asia Palaeolithic Association (APA) held in
Krasnoyarsk and Kurtak, Russia 6-12, July, 2012
Ono, A. 26 July 2011 Obsidian exploitation and palaeoecology of the Japanese islands
during MIS3 and MIS2. At the Session #32, XVIII INQUA (International Union for
Quaternary Research )Congress, Bern, Switzerland.