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BU ARCHAEOLOGISTS ATTEND KYUSHU UNIVERSITY WORKSHOP

NEWS STORY UPLOAD DATE: December 24, 2009

Prof. David Cohen (ICEAACH) and BU Archaeology grad student Veronica Joseph attended an international workshop at Kyushu University. Here they are visiting the Yoshinagari Historical Site, which features reconstructions of a large Yayoi period settlement.

Prof. David Cohen (ICEAACH) and BU Archaeology grad student Veronica Joseph attended an international workshop at Kyushu University. Here they are visiting the Yoshinagari Historical Site, which features reconstructions of a large Yayoi period settlement.

As one of the first official scholarly activities carried out under the consortium partnership in archaeology established in April 2009 between BU and Kyushu University (Fukuoka, Japan), Prof. David Cohen (ICEAACH) and Archaeology graduate student Veronica Joseph were invited by Prof. Kazuo Miyamoto 宮本一夫, Chair of the Kyushu University Archaeology Department, and the Historical Studies Course of the Kyushu University Graduate School, to visit Kyushu University from Dec. 17 - 23, 2009. While there, they participated in a graduate seminar and an international workshop, which were followed by visits to archaeological sites and museums in northern Kyushu. The trip was sponsored under Kyushu University's Consortium on East Asian Historical Research

On December 18, in a seminar (seminar agenda), Prof. Cohen presented a lecture to the Archaeology Departments graduate students entitled, "Searching for Da Yi Shang 大邑商: The Early Shang Civilization Project in the Shangqiu 商丘 Region of eastern Henan Province, China." The lecture was followed by presentations by three international graduate students on their research. BU's Veronica Joseph discussed her fieldwork in Mongolia in a talk on "The Khovd Archaeology Project: An Exploration of Xiongnu Tombs in Western Mongolia."

Over the next two days, December 19-20, archaeologists and other scholars from Kyushu University, the Sichuan Institute of Archaeology (China), Sichuan University (China), the Mongolian Institute of Archaeology, and Boston University (Cohen), presented twelve papers in the International Workshop on Issues in the East Asian Bronze and Early Iron Ages. Cohen presented on "The Yueshi 岳石 Culture and the Archaeology of Ethnicity in Early Bronze Age China." On December 21-22, the Archaeology Department organized two days of visits to archaeological sites and museums in the northern Kyushu region for the visiting delegations from Sichuan and BU and the Kyushu University foreign graduate students. Places visited included the Yoshinagari Historical Park 吉野ヶ里歴史公園, the Saga Castle Historical Museum 佐賀城本丸歴史館, the Kyushu National Museum 九州国立博物館, the Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine 太宰府天満宮, and the hilltop ruins of Oono Castle 大野城跡.