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Evolution of Feasting among Jomon Societies based upon Wooden Artifacts

Author(s): Takashi Sakaguchi

Year: 2017

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Cross-culturally, wooden items such as bowls, ladles and spoons play an important role as ritual offerings to deities and ancestors. Thus, they are keys to understanding feasting and ritual activities, and can provide archaeological signatures of these activities. This paper explores evolution of feasting among Jomon societies focused on the analysis of wooden artifacts. The analysis is based on three sources of information: 1) temporal and spatial distribution; 2) stylistic analysis; and 3) archaeological contexts. For the analysis, a database was created, based upon such attributes as archaeological context, wooden vessel form, and presence/absence of decoration, which were obtained from published sources. This database provides invaluable information to assess the number, type and context of wooden artifacts throughout the Japanese archipelago. Although the most of wooden artifacts represent secondary deposition, items found in housepits, burials, storage pits and elsewhere suggest temporal and spatial variability of feasting among Jomon societies.

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Evolution of Feasting among Jomon Societies based upon Wooden Artifacts. Takashi Sakaguchi. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430756)


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East/Southeast Asia

Spatial Coverage

min long: 66.885; min lat: -8.928 ; max long: 147.568; max lat: 54.059 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 15086

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