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Beginning of Agriculture and Immigrants from the Korean Peninsula in Prehistoric Japan

Author(s): Kazunori Misaka

Year: 2015

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In Japan a transition from the hunting-gathering Jomon economy to the food producing Yayoi economy took place at some point in the first millennium B.C., and this transition resulted in considerable cultural change. It is widely accepted among Japanese archaeologists that this transition was greatly facilitated by immigration from the southern Korean peninsula who had already practiced agriculture, including wet rice cultivation. In order to approach relationships between the Korean immigrants and native Japanese people in the first millennium B.C., the author has analyzed pottery in the southern Korean peninsula and northern Kyushu island of Japan, with special reference to the pottery function and production techniques. As a result, it is impossible to distinguish the "Korean type" of pottery from the local pottery assemblage in Kyushu, which suggests that Korean immigrants quickly and peacefully incorporated themselves into local population through marriage.

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Beginning of Agriculture and Immigrants from the Korean Peninsula in Prehistoric Japan. Kazunori Misaka. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396015)


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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America