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Asian Archaeology Seminar Special Lecture

Yuriko Fukasawa, (Prof. Emerita, Tohoku University) - Cultural contact and trade between the Ainu and Japanese prior to 1667: Provenance of Kiseru in an Ainu burial at the Iruekashi site, Hokkaido
When Feb 09, 2018
from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where South Lecture Room, Department of Archaeology, Downing Street
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Focusing on the production and circulation of kiseru (Japanese smoking devices), the aim of this paper is to discuss cultural contact and trade between the Ainu and Japanese in the 17th century.The archaeological discovery of several examples of kiseru at the Iruekashi site including an Ainu burial that predates 1667, implies that these artefacts were diffused to Ainu by as early as the first half of the 17th century. Furthermore, results of a comparative chronological study on the morphological characteristics of artefacts suggest that they most likely originated from Kyoto. Ethnographic and historical sources have elucidated a long history of the production of such handicrafts in Kyoto, where metal materials were manufactured at specialized workshops concentrated in a specific area. Data from historical documents and archaeological excavations have also revealed how processes of technological production have changed over time. Finally, the results of this study indicate that a marine trade route connecting western Japan and Hokkaido along the cost of the Japan Sea was already in use by the middle of the 17th Century, before the establishment of the Kitamaebune trade route to the North.

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