13 June, 2019

IWGP2019 (18th Conference of the International Workgroup for Palaeoethnobotany)

From June 3rd to 8th, I went to the 18th Conference of the International Workgroup Palaeoethnobotany (IWGP 2019) held in Lecce, Italy for conducting my presentation.

My staying days were more than 30 degrees of Celsius, and I felt too much sunshine. I was able to catch many new research information in archaeobotany. At this conference, some workshops were conducted as laboratory sessions. In personal, I thought "Do other researchers have any questions in their managements?" for many times. But we were able to discuss about identification methodologies of archaeobotanical seed and fruit remains, databases, analysis methods using very new scanning electron microscopy (SEM) system.

At this conference, I presented my poster about the current research results of analysing historical paper materials. My research fellows and other friends outside Japan suggested me about this paper research as well as analyses of human 
dental calculus and the COI collaboration research project since this April.

In addition, on behalf of my friend who was not able to attend this meeting unfortunately, I presented her data. Many researchers were looking forward to hearing her presentation, and so I told her their messages and asked to come to the next conference.

I will show all of my opinions and experiences at this conference in the new volume of an academic journal.

I'm thanking to all of conference organisers, my old and friends, and other participants. The next IWGP will be held in České Budějovice, 2022.

The 36th Annual Meeting of Japan Society for Scientific Studies on Cultural Properties

June 1 (Sat), I went to join in the 36th Annual Meeting of Japan Society for Scientific Studies on Cultural Properties (URL: just only in Japanese) for my presentation. Soon after, I needed to attend the IWGP 2019 (18th Conference of the International Workgroup for Palaeoethnobotany). So I just attended the first day, and presented my poster.

As to oral presentations, this time, I conducted to be an organiser of the past environment. Unlike other past years, I felt the presentation numbers about this topic were fewer.

Regarding to poster presentations, I realised some problems. First of all, of course, I understood the spaces, but poster presentation venues were quite small, and during a core time of poster sessions, many attendees were in all rooms. It was very hard to hear the posters which I wanted to discuss. In addition, hanging posters were divided in the poster numbers, and so the odd numbers of posters were little bit longer than the even ones. Many researchers complained with this system.

In personal, my poster presentation was set on the second day, and I need to leave from Japan for IWGP. So I just hanged my poster, and was not able to hear any suggestions and opinions to my research results. This issue is depending on the schedule and venue, but it is necessary to consider of the spaces of the venue for poster presentation. The reason is that many researchers conduct poster presentations every year.

Although I was not satisfied with some problems, I discussed about my results together with my research fellows. Thank you for your suggestions.

Todai Summer 2019 Course

At the following event, I'll conduct a mini lecture. The hour seems to be very hot, but you can spend the cooler time at the museum.

Lecture Series "Todai Summer 2019 Course" (URL: just only in Japanese)
*This program is conducted in Japanese.

August 7 (Wed) 11:30-12:30
"Lecture of Starch"
Outline: Starch is a useful tool for exploring the past human diet in archaeology. I'll talk about the diet and foodways of the past people by archaeological starch.