The Prehistory of Japan
by Gerard J Groot S. V. D. Director, Archaeological Institute of Japan
Edited by Bertram S Kraus
First published 60 years ago by Columbia University Press, The Prehistory of Japan by Gerard J Groot remains an invaluable reference work for those interested in the archaeology and the prehistory of Japan.
IN THIS BOOK I have endeavored to describe the various stages of the Japanese Stone Age and their relationships with foreign cultures. I realize, however, that I have but summarily treated the many problems that are connected with Japanese prehistory.
Because of a number of conditions related to the study of Japanese prehistory any present treatment of the subject will eventually require numerous revisions, some of a fundamental nature. In addition, certain materials and problems of, perhaps, major importance may have been over- looked. The conditions that have, in part, been responsible for such errors of interpretation or omission are the following: the vast number of prehistoric sites in Japan which have been dug and which still await excavation; the great quantity of archaeological reports, of scientific or of amateurish caliber, which are dispersed throughout hundreds of books, journals, and papers; and the inadequate number of studies devoted to the problem of prehistoric cultural interrelationships.
Nevertheless, I hope that this presentation may be of some service to archaeologists who are unfamiliar with the Japanese field and that it may provide a jumping-off point for a future revised work on the prehistory of Japan.
GERARD GROOT, S.V.D.
April 18, 1946
II. The Relative Chronological Sequence of Jomon Pottery Types
III. Geology and Relative Chronology in the Jomon Period
IV. The Proto-Jomon Period
V. The Early-Jomon Period
VI. The Moroiso Culture
VII. The Middle-Jomon Period
VIII. The later-Jomon Period
IX. The Final-Jomon Period
X. The Problem of the Identity of Jomon Man
Appendix A: The Jomon Period and Absolute Chronology
Appendix B: The Shouldered-Axe Culture in East Asia and Japan
Appendix C: The Violin-Shaped Axe on Formosa
Appendix D: Alphabetical List of Jomon Sites in Japan Correlated with List
by Region, Province, and District
Appendix E: List of Jomon Period Sites by Region, Province, and District
Columbia University Press, New York 1951. Published in Great Britain, Canada, and India, London Toronto and Bombay by Geoffrey Cumberledge, Oxford University Press.