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BHAP graduate students present at the Department of Anthropology's "Fringe Friday"

November 7, 2014

University of Alberta BHAP graduate students present talk at the Department of Anthropology's "Fringe Friday" graduate student seminar series

On November 7th, Victoria van der Haas, Jacob Conner and Ruth Urlacher presented a talk about their field work this past summer on Rebun Island, Japan, entitled "We Dig Japan". The talk was open to the public and is part of the Department of Anthropology's weekly "Fringe Friday" graduate student seminar series.

Title: We "Dig" Japan, BHAP fieldwork on Rebun Island, Summer 2014
Speakers: Jacob Conner, Victoria van der Haas, Ruth Urlacher
Abstract: The Rebun archaeological field school is organized by the Baikal-Hokkaido Archaeology Project (BHAP), which is a large-scale project that consists of a team of international scholars investigating Middle Holocene hunter-gatherer culture dynamics in two regions of the world: the Lake Baikal region of Siberia, Russia and Hokkaido, Japan. From July 24th, to August 31st, 2014, we continued excavation work on the Hamanaka-2 site in Rebun, Japan, which is located about 50km northwest of Hokkaido. The Hamanaka-2 site has had numerous occupations and archaeological materials from the Historical Ainu (1200 -1868AD), Okhotsk (550 - 1200AD), Epi-Jomon (300BC - 700AD), and Late/Final Jomon (1,500 - 300BC) periods have been uncovered. A presentation on the culture history of the Hamanaka-2 site and 2014 excavation work on the site will be given. In addition to the archaeological work, we will also share our cultural experiences living in a rural Japanese fishing village.

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