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H 297 x W 210 mm

154 pages

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Published Aug 2020

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789694260

Digital: 9781789694277

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Medieval Archaeology; Comparative Archaeology; Japan; Europe; Towns

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The Archaeology of Medieval Towns: Case Studies from Japan and Europe

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In recent years, major new archaeological discoveries have redefined the development of towns and cities in Japan. This fully illustrated book provides a sampler of these findings for a western audience. The new discoveries from Japan are set in context of medieval archaeology beyond Japan by accompanying essays from leading European specialists.



Foreword and acknowledgements ;
The archaeology of medieval towns in Japan and Europe: an introduction – Brian Ayers and Simon Kaner ;
Chapter 2: Japanese medieval trading towns: Sakai and Tosaminato – Richard Pearson ;
Chapter 3: Ichijōdani: the archaeology of a Japanese medieval castle town – Ono Masatoshi ;
Chapter 4: The establishment and transformation of Japan’s medieval capital, Kamakura – Oka Yōichirō ;
Chapter 5: The development of Hakata as a medieval port town – Ōba Kōji ;
Chapter 6: The formation of medieval castle towns: a comparative archaeology of encastlement in Japan and Europe – Senda Yoshihiro ;
Chapter 7: Five medieval European towns: Bruges, Göttingen, Norwich, Ribe and Rouen - a pictorial introduction ;
Chapter 8: Medieval urbanism and culture in the cities of the Baltic – with a comparison between Lübeck, Germany and Sakai, Japan – Manfred Gläser ;
Chapter 9: Permanent urban frameworks (‘armature’) and economic networks in Northern France c.700 – c.1100 – Henri Galinié ;
Chapter 10: Medieval ceramic production in the Aegean, 1100-1600 AD: some considerations in an east-west perspective – Joanita Vroom ;
Chapter 11: Afterword – Richard Pearson ;
Glossary ;
List of contributors ;

About the Author

Simon Kaner is Executive Director of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures where he is also Head of the Centre for Archaeology and Heritage, and Director of the Centre for Japanese Studies at the University of East Anglia. ;

Brian Ayers served as Honorary Secretary of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and Chief Executive of the Butrint Foundation and County Archaeologist for Norfolk. ;

Richard Pearson is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia and Senior Research Adviser to the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures. ;

Oscar Wrenn is Academic Associate at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures.


' general, it is superbly translated, well-supported by maps, diagrams, illustrations, and some photographs of the European case studies. The book is accessible without losing detail, and will be of interest to archaeologists and historians of both West and East.'

‘This volume of essays is a very welcome contribution to comparative urbanism. This is no easy task, but the editors and contributors here provide archaeologists, geographers and historians of the Middle Ages with an important and much-needed analysis of those parallels which superficially look to connect Japanese and European ‘medieval’ culture.’ – Keith D. Lilley (2022): Medieval Archaeology, 66/1, 2022