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H 290 x W 205 mm

244 pages

162 figures, 1 List, 1 Table (76 plates in colour)

Published Sep 2018

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789690071

Digital: 9781789690088

DOI 10.32028/9781789690071

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Comparative study; Japan; Japanese Archaeology; European Iron Age; Bronze Age; Yayoi; Kofun

Comparative and Global Perspectives on Japanese Archaeology 2

Burial Mounds in Europe and Japan

Comparative and Contextual Perspectives

Edited by Thomas Knopf, Werner Steinhaus, Shin’ya FUKUNAGA

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This book brings together specialists of the European Bronze and Iron Age and the Japanese Yayoi and Kofun periods for the first time to discuss burial mounds in a comparative context. The book aims to strengthen knowledge of Japanese archaeology in Europe and vice versa.




Burial Mounds in Europe and Japan: An Introduction (Werner Steinhaus and Thomas Knopf) [Open Access: Download]

Hallstatt Burial Mounds Then and Now: Excavations and Changing Images in the History of Research (Nils Müller-Scheeßel)

Excavating the Mounded Tombs of the Kofun Period of the Japanese Archipelago: A History of Research and Methods (Tatsuo NAKAKUBO) [Open Access: Download]

Bronze Age Burial Mounds in Northern and Central Europe: Their Origins and the Development of Diversity in Time and Space (Frank Nikulka)

Emergence and Development of Burial Mounds in the Yayoi Period (Hisashi NOJIMA)

Princes, Chiefs or Big Men? Burial Mounds as Reflections of Social Structure in the Hallstatt Period (Wolfram Schier)

Social Stratification and the Formation of Mounded Tombs in the Kofun Period of Protohistoric Japan (Ken’ichi SASAKI)

Burial Mound/Landscape-Relations. Approaches Put forward by European Prehistoric Archaeology (Ariane Ballmer)

Mounded Tomb Building during the Kofun Period: Location and Landscape (Akira SEIKE)

Burial Mounds and Settlements. Their Relations in the Late Hallstatt and Early La Tène-Period (6th–4th century BC) (Ines Balzer)

The Relationship between Mounded Tombs, Settlements, and Residences in the Kofun Period: Reflecting Social Changes? (Takehiko MATSUGI)

Aspects of Early Iron in Central Europe (Manfred K. H. Eggert)

Iron and its Relation to Mounded Tombs on the Japanese Islands (Hisashi NOJIMA)

The Development of Metalworking and the Formation of Political Power in the Japanese Archipelago (Takehiko MATSUGI)

Monuments for the Living and the Dead: Early Celtic Burial Mounds and Central Places of the Heuneburg Region (Dirk Krausse and Leif Hansen)

Mounded Tombs of the Kofun Period: Monuments of Administration and Expressions of Power Relationships (Shin’ya FUKUNAGA)

Burial Mounds in Broader Perspective. Visibility, Ritual and Power (Chris Scarre)

An Introduction to the Yukinoyama Mounded Tomb (Naoya UEDA)

The Significance of the Nonaka Mounded Tomb (Joseph Ryan)

About the Author

Thomas Knopf is Professor of Pre- and Protohistory at the University of Tübingen in Germany. He has conducted fieldwork at some of the largest Celtic settlements in Europe. He works on theoretical themes including the concept of continuity, and is a specialist in human-environments relationships in prehistory. He works together with soils scientists and archaeobotanists focussing on the development and the perception of landscapes. | Werner Steinhaus is Lecturer in Archaeology at Hiroshima University in Japan. After graduating from Freiburg University in Germany he undertook postgraduate research at Ōsaka University in Japan, specialising in the archaeology of the Kofun period. He curated the largest overseas exhibition of Japanese archaeology Die Zeit der Morgenröte, held in Germany in 2004-2005. | FUKUNAGA Shin’ya is Professor of Archaeology at the Graduate School of Letters at Ōsaka University in Japan. He graduated and received his doctorate from the Department of History, Graduate School of Letters, Ōsaka University. Professor Fukunaga is a member of the Science Council of Japan and the Committee for the World Heritage Inscription of the Mozu-Furuichi Kofun groups of mounted tombs. His publications include From the Yamatai Kingdom to the Yamato Court (Ōsaka University Press, in Japanese).