06 February, 2018

Short memo about papers

Paper study
  • D'Amato, A., G. Zilberstein, S. Zilberstein, B.L. Compagnoni, P.G. Righetti. prep. Of mice and men: Traces of life in the death registries of the 1630 plague in Milano. Journal of Proteomics. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jprot.2017.11.028
*As a social background of the plague epidemic in 1630, Italy, this paper shows that the documents in this year contain contaminants such as human keratins, mouse keratins, and plant tissues, etc.

Starch residue analysis

  • Copeland, L., K. Hardy. 2018. Archaeological starch. Agronomy 8 (4): 1-12. doi:10.3390/agronomy8010004
  • Hutschenreuther, A., J. Watzke, S. Schmidt, T. Büdel, A.G. Henry. 2017. Archaeological implications of the digestion of starches by soil bacteria: Interaction among starches leads to differential preservation. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 15: 95-108. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2017.07.006

31 January, 2018

International symposium of Afro-Eurasian archaeobotany


On January 27th (Sat) -28th (Sun), I joined in an international symposium "Afro-Eurasian Archaeobotany: New perspectives, new approaches". It was held at the Heijo Palace Site Museum, Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties.

Day 1 (27th, Jan): New trends in Afro-Eurasian archaeobotany

Shinya Shoda (Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties) 
Welcome address and Introduction to the workshop

Amy Bogaard (University of Oxford, UK)
Keynote lecture: Reconstructing the agroecology of early cities in western Asia and Europe using crop stable isotope analysis and weed ecology

Sarah Walshaw (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
Ethnoarchaeological approaches to understanding African adoption of Asian

Gains and class - food globalization and culinary conservatism in the second millennium BC China

Xiaoyan Yang (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
How the study of Ancient Starches is Changing Our Understanding of Neolithic Subsistence Patterns in China

Cristina Cobo Castillo (University College London, UK)
Archaeobotany in Southeast Asia: More than rice

Day 2 (28th, Jan): Sophistication of Methodologies and New Perspectives in Japanese archaeobotany

Hiroo Nasu (Okayama University of Science)
Why Jomon people did not choose to go for an agricultural society?

Yuka Sasaki (Paleo Labo Co., Ltd.)
Recent developments of Japanese archaeobotanical studies based on pottery impressions

Shuichi Noshiro (Meiji University)
Did the prehistoric use of arboreal resources in Japan change from sophisticated management in the Jomon period to intensive use in the Yayoi to Kofun periods?

Yukiko Kikuchi (Paleo Labo Co., Ltd.)
Using Experimental Archaeology to Understand Ancient Rice Farming

Ryo Ishikawa (Kobe University)
Evaluation of the domestication-related traits in rice: plant genetics meets archaeobotany

Shinya Shoda (Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties) Challenges of Biomolecular Archaeobotany in East Asia

General discussion


This symposium was ables to be successful to show the current issues for our archaeobotanists, in terms of agricultural emergence and expandings in the world. During these two days, I got new information about global agricultural developments based on archaeobotanical research results.

After this symposium, I discussed with my archaeobotanical research fellows in and outside Japan. Job and research situations and hardness seem to be similar in the world.

Thank you a lot to our organisers and all of my fellows. To go to the next stage, I would start my new studies.

23 January, 2018

Presentation about analysing historical papers

On January 22 (Mon), I presented my results at a research meeting of our project, integrated studies of cultural and research resources.

In this meeting, the theme was "Scienticfically analysing papers of historical archives: The current results and issues, and its perspectives". 4 speakers presented a study of paper archives in the early-modern period, mixture analysis of historical paper resources, analyses by scientifical methods, and the perspectives of DNA analysis.

The weather forecast showed we had hearvy snow, and we needed to reduce each presentation time and to cut off our discussion. But this meeting enabled presenters to consider about the future research perspectives.

I thank to all of project members, speakers, and others.