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Dr Simon Kaner

Dr Simon Kaner

Affiliated Lecturer, Japanese Studies


Simon Kaner MA Cantab, PhD (2004) is Director of the Centre for Japanese Studies at the University of East Anglia and Head of the Centre for Archaeology and Heritage at the Sainsbury Institute. He is an archaeologist specialising in the prehistory of Japan.

A Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London since 2005, he has taught and published on many aspects of East Asian and European archaeology. He has undertaken archaeological research in Japan, the UK and elsewhere and worked for several years in archaeological heritage management in the UK. 

Subject groups/Research projects

Japanese Studies:

Research Interests

Japanese prehistory and the history of archaeology in Japan; the urban historic environment in Japan in comparative perspective; Japanese cultural heritage and the international role of Japanese heritage management. He is director of the Shinano River project, investigating the development of historic landscapes along the longest river system in the Japanese archipelago, and is beginning a new project on the archaeology of the Kofun period in Japan and its connections with East Asia.

Key Publications

Place and Identity in Jomon Japan in: Structured Worlds : The Archaeology of Hunter-Gatherer Thought and Action, Equinox Publishing Ltd, 2011.

The Archaeology of Religion and Ritual in the Prehistoric Japanese Archipelago in: The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion, Oxford University Press, 2011.

Long-Term Innovation : Appearance and Spread of Pottery in the Japanese Archipelago in: Ceramics Before Farming : The Dispersal of Pottery Among Prehistoric Eurasian Hunter-Gathers, Left Coast Press, pp. 93-120, 2009.

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