The Universiteit Leiden reports on 23 August that Professor Gina Barnes will give a special guest lecture on Disaster Archaeology in Japan. The lecture will take place on Friday, 14 September 2012 from 15.15-17.00 in Lipsius/147, Leiden Netherlands and is entitled –
 
TECTONIC ARCHAEOLOGY IN JAPAN
EARTHQUAKES AND VOLCANOES IN THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL RECORD
 

Two new branches of archaeological research in Japan are Jishin Kokogaku (Earthquake Archaeology) and Kazanbai Kokogaku (Volcanic Ash Archaeology). Earthquake archaeology developed simultaneously, but in a quite different way, from Mediterranean archaeoseismology, whose differences will be explored in this lecture. The dating and use of marker tephra across the Japanese Islands have given rise to Volcanic Ash Archaeology, which played a leading role in the Palaeolithic Scandal of November 2000. The correlation of historical records of volcanic eruptions with archaeological data will be examined in the context of Disaster Archaeology.

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