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Archaeology in East Asia

This site is devoted to discussing the archaeology behind relations between Korea and Japan from 250AD-500AD.



This project will compare and contrast the exchange of small bronze artifacts and stone ornaments between Korea and Japan in the early 1st millennium AD. Both bronze and stone are associated with elites during this period, but are often utilized in different ways within the Korean peninsula and the Japanese archipelago. By studying how these artifacts were created, distributed, and utilized, we can begin to understand both shared cultural similarities, and regional and interregional differences in elite perceptions of wealth, status, and ideology.

Methods: XRF (X-Ray Fluorescence), MC-ICP-MS lead isotope analysis, quantitative analysis