Preceramic Japan: Source Materials

Author(s): Harumi Befu; Chester S. Chard

Year: 1961


It is the aim of the present compilation to provide the Japanese-language source materials utilized in the editors' recent paper "Preceramic Cultures in Japan" ("American Anthropologist", Vol. 62, No. 5, pp.815-849, 1960). In conjunction with the western-language sources cited therein, the reader will therefore have at his disposal the necessary documentation both to amplify the summery picture presented and, if desired, to draw his own conclusions. We have omitted Japanese sources published prior to 1955 as of only historical interest at the present time; otherwise, all the Japanese references cited in our paper are reproduced here in translation, with the few exceptions explained below.

The Archives of Archaeology Series is a 29-volume set jointly published by the University of Wisconsin Press and the Society for American Archaeology on opaque microcards, a now obsolete format. The Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center at the University of Wisconsin—La Crosse has digitized the original opaque microcards and made the digital copies available through tDAR. More information on the process of digitizing the series can be found in Joseph Tiffany’s 2012 article entitled "Digitizing the Archives of Archaeology Series" in the SAA Archaeological Record (

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Preceramic Japan: Source Materials. Harumi Befu, Chester S. Chard. Archives of Archaeology ,No. 16. Washington D.C. and Madison, WI : Society for American Archaeology and the University of Wisconsin Press. 1961 ( tDAR id: 374884) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8QJ7GH3

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