Project 1207

Project 1207: Palaeoenvironment and lithic raw material exploitation in North and East Asia during MIS3 and MIS2 (Organiser: Akira Ono)

A symposium is planned as part of our Project activities in 2012 entitled: Lithic raw material exploitation and circulation in prehistory: a comparative perspective in diverse palaeoenvironment (Abbreviated: LRM Symposium) Dates: Oct. 27 and 28, 2012; Venue: Meiji University, 1-1, Kanda-Surugadai, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo, Japan.

Lithic raw material provenance studies have a long tradition both in Europe and in East Asia. Specifically, obsidian provenance studies have attained a new horizon in the recent two decades in Japan and adjoining area as in the 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 these topics with particular reference to the comparative perspective between Europe and East Asia in the context of palaeoenvironmental diversity.

The planned speakers and presentation titles are as follows:

  • Mi-Young Hong (Korea) Obsidian appeared Paleolithic industries in Korean peninsula.
  • Vadim Stepanchuk (Ukraine) Small opportunities and big needs: Mira EUP case of raw materials exploitation (Dnepr basin, Ukraine)
  • Sergey Ryzhov (Ukraine) Obsidian outcrops in Transcarpathia and their use during the Palaeolithic time
  • Katalin T. Biro (Hungary) Petroarchaeological research in the Carpathian basin: methods, results, challenges
  • Harald Floss (Germany) Rivers as orientation axes for migrations, raw material transport and exchange in the Upper Palaeolithic of Central Europe.
  • Stefano Bertola (Italy/Austria) The raw material variability in the Mesolithic site of Ullafelsen (Sellrain, Tyrol, Austria).
  • Yuichiro Kudo (Japan) Temporal correlation between archaeological and environmental records from late MIS3 to early MIS1 in Japan.
  • Hiroyuki Sato & Miyuki Yakushige (Japan) Obsidian exploitation and circulation in Late Pleistocene Hokkaido and adjacent areas.
  • Kazutaka Shimada (Japan) Upper Palaeolithic obsidian use in central Japan.
  • Koujiro Shiba (Japan) Acquisition and consumption of obsidian in the Upper Paleolithic of Kyushu.