Junko Habu, Professor

Open (1) Lifeways of Prehistoric Hunter-Gathers in Japan

Open. Apprentices needed for the fall semester. Please do NOT contact faculty before September 11th (the start of the 4th week of classes)! Enter your application on the web beginning August 16th. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, August 29th at 8 AM.

At our East Asian Archaeology Laboratory, we are analyzing artifacts and faunal/floral remains excavated from Jomon period sites in Japan. Jomon is the name of a prehistoric hunter-gatherer culture in Japan, which lasted from approximately 13000 to 2300 years ago. Unlike many other hunter-gatherer cultures, the Jomon culture is characterized by the production of pottery. It is also characterized by large settlements, various kinds of ceremonial features, and long-distance trade. Since the Jomon culture shares a number of characteristics with so-called "complex" hunter-gatherer cultures in various parts of the world (such as the cultures of native people in California and the Northwest Coast of North America), studies of the lifeways of the Jomon people have been attracting attentions of researchers in the broader field of hunter-gatherer archaeology.

Research apprentices will have an opportunity to receive hands-on training in the laboratory methods of pottery analysis, identification and quantification of faunal and floral remains (mainly fish bones and plant seeds), and map drafting.

Laboratory work.
Assistance for organizing an international workshop.

Qualifications: A basic knowledge of archaeology or East Asian prehistory (such as Anthropology 2, 125A, 125B, or 132) is preferable, but it is not a requirement. Students who are interested in East Asian cultures are also encouraged to apply. Research apprentices are expected to be well organized and punctual, and come to the lab on a regular schedule.

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated

Open (2) Examination of Small Scale Food Production and Distribution Strategies

Open. Apprentices needed for the fall semester. Please do NOT contact faculty before September 11th (the start of the 4th week of classes)! Enter your application on the web beginning August 16th. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, August 29th at 8 AM.

In this project, you will have an opportunity to work on some of the food related issues faced by the contemporary society. As part of the umbrella project that examines the advantages of small scale food production and distribution mechanisms in terms of long-term sustainability ( http://www.chikyu.ac.jp/fooddiversity/en/index.html ), we will explore re-localization of food production as a possible solution.
In different parts of the world, quite a few number of urban farmers and homesteaders have attempted to bring food production and consumers together. While it has created alternative source of food to some, there are great potentials as well as many unanswered questions. We will be examining the possibility of transferring the practice of urban agriculture to a community that can barely support itself in terms of the very basic needs.

Conducting library and web research.
Editorial works on interviews related to small-scale food production.
Assistance for organizing an international workshop.


Weekly Hours: to be negotiated