22 January, 2020

11th Study Meeting of the Northland Shellmound Study Group

On last January 18, I went to attend the 11th Study Meeting of the Northland Shellmound Study Group. 





















The theme was "Archaeology and Science", and we deeply discussed how to collaborate in archaeological surveys between excavators and analysts (archaeobotanists in this case) in Japan.

In my opinion, archaeology is a kind of interdisciplinary science. Making figures and using tools are different, but we do not need to divide archaeology and science. In so doing, we are able to advance in our Japanese archaeological studies.

Anyway, I enjoyed this meeting and will continue to participate in it again.

06 January, 2020

New Year 2020


In Japan, we already restarted works from today. Happy New Year. Have a nice year and thank you for your cooperation in advance. Within 2020, there are many international conferences including WAC-9. In order to present our project results at conferences inside and outside of Japan together with posting academic journals, I'm advancing research works.

11 December, 2019

AEA 40, survey in Kyoto, 34th Meeting of Japanese Association of Historical Botany

I attended the 40th Association for Environmental Archaeology Conference (AEA 40) from November 29th to December 1st, material survey in the Yomei Bunko Museum, Kyoto on December 5th and 6th, and then participated the 34th Annual Meeting of Japanese Association of Historical Botany (URL: only in Japanese, venue: Toyohashi Museum of Natural History).


AEA 40 is the annual meeting of the Association for Environmental Archaeology, and this year, it was held at the University of Sheffieled, UK from November 29th to December 1st. 

As Japanese attendees, I and Dr. Tomoya Aono (Tohoku University of Art & Design) participated in this, and other East Asian researchers were Chinese students who study in UK now. Most of the attendees were from European countries.













The theme was mainly interaction between human and environments. The participants presented their research results about how to change environments and landscapes by human subsistence activities, and what to affect human by these environmental changes following each session topics. The poster session was also conducted, presenters and attendees discussed about their topics together with coffee and tea during the coffee breaks. I reported our results of historical paper material analyses.





Ayako Shibutani. Material Resources, Human Selection, and the Environment: From Integrated Microscopic Studies of Japanese Pre-modern Paper Materials. (Poster, peer-review)






The mood was quite similar to the following the meeting of Japanese Association of Historical Botany. At the AEA, researchers mainly reported integrated research results in environmental archaeology such as climate changes, environmental changes, human subsistence, and animals and plants. During this conference, we felt relaxing times with research discussions which most of them were continued over presentation times.


On December 5th and 6th, as our JSPS research projects, I conducted a survey in the Yomei Bunko Museum, Kyoto.
This survey was FY2019's third survey, and we were allowed to enter in the storage where many materials are preserved. We observed many precious paper materials in the middle and pre-modern periods, and I got microscopic photos to update our research data.

On December 7th and 8th, I attended the 34th Annual Meeting of Japanese Association of Historical Botany, and I presented my poster. A public symposium was held on 7th, and general presentations were conducted on 8th.

The symposium theme was "Challenges to identification plant species", and based on the current studies, the speakers discussed which level we can identify species through plant fossils and archaeological remains.


















At the presentation day, I conducted my poster presentation. The main topic was similar to the AEA 40 as above, but I mainly showed the issues about how to explore plant materials used for historical paper materials.

Ayako Shibutani. Selection and transition of plant resources for historical paper materials: Focusing on historical materials of the Yomei Bunko and Matsunoo Taisha Shrine. (Poster)

In the poster session, I got many suggestions and opinions by researchers of this association how to progress our future analyses and share our data.


During these 2 weeks, I realised that my research activities are supported by many people including my project members, institutes and other researchers, and association members. I'm very thanking to all of you.