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An Archaeological History of Japan: Koji Mizoguchi
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An Archaeological History of Japan, 30,000 B.C. to A.D.

"An Archaeological History of Japan firmly engages post-processual theory with Asian archaeology and the book deserves to be widely read and debated for its contribution to both the prehistory of East Asia and to archaeological theory in general."—Asian Perspectives.

"Of considerable interest to anthropologists, archaeologists, and ethnographers concerned with theory and practice. Those interested in world archaeology in general will appreciate the concise presentation."—Choice.

“A notion widely shared among the Japanese is that a unique culture has existed uninterrupted on the archipelago since the first human settlements more than 30,000 years ago. The idea of a continuous shared Japanese culture, often described as "Japanese-ness," is epitomized by material items ranging from Zen Buddhist stone gardens and tea ceremony equipment to such archaeological artifacts as the prehistoric Jomon clay figurines. An Archaeological History of Japan challenges this notion by critically examining archaeological evidence as well as the way it has been interpreted.”

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6th January 2011ce

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