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Conference: Comparative Historical Ecology in Ancient Northeast Asia

Friday, October 10, 2014

Conference: Comparative Historical Ecology in Ancient Northeast Asia


Many Nations Longhouse

9:00 am – 5:00 pm


University of Toronto and Center for Asian and Pacific Studies are organizing a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Coun­cil of Canada Partnership Development Workshop, the second of the three part series. Guest speakers from US, Canada, China, and UK will discuss the diverse responses of early people to climate changes and their impacts on local ecology in China, Korea and Japan during the Late Pleistocene and Holocene. University of Oregon scholars will present historical ecology in North America and Pacific Islands. By examining past human-environmental interactions, the workshop will contribute to our better understanding of contemporary global warming and sustainability issues.


9:00–11:30 am Morning Session

9:00–9:15 am

Welcome with Jeff Hanes (History, CAPS, University of Oregon)

9:15–9:30 am

How can partnerships facilitate comparative analysis of human ecology in East Asian prehistory? Gary Crawford (Anthropology, University of Toronto, Canada)

9:30–9:45 am

Action from China: Research on climatic change and human adaptation
Xing Gao (Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleo-anthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences)

9:45–10:00 am

Micro-blade industry from the last glacial maximum to Holocene in China
Ying Guan (Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleo-anthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences)

10:00–10:15 am Q & A

10:15–10:30 am Morning Tea Break

10:30–10:45 am

Resolving the effects of human predation on marine resources: Pacific and Caribbean case studies
Scott Fitzpatrick (Anthropology, University of Oregon)

10:45–11:00 am

New archaeological evidence for origin and development of rice cultivation in the lower regions of the Yangtze River
Yunfei Zheng (Zhejiang Provincial Institute of Relics and Archae­ology, China)

11:00–11:15 am

Pattern of human niche construction at the early Neolithic Kuahuqiao site
Yan Pan (Cultural Heritage & Museology, Fundan University, China)

11:15–11:30 am Q & A

11:30 am–1:00 pm Lunch

1:00–5:00 pm Afternoon Session

1:00–1:15 pm

Archaeology and historical ecology of California’s Northern Channel Islands
Jon Erlandson (Anthropology, Museum of Natural and Cultural History, University of Oregon)

1:15–1:30 pm

Early-Middle Jomon chronology and pollen
Junko Habu (Anthropology, University of California Berkeley)

1:30–1:45 pm

Metastable ecosystems along the Shinano-Chikuma River, central Japan: approaches and challenges
Simon Kaner (Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, UK)

1:45–2:00 pm

Historical ecology of human impacts on Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
Terry Hunt (Robert D. Clark Honors College, University of Oregon)

2:00–2:15 pm Q & A

2:15–2:30 pm Afternoon Tea Break

2:30–2:45 pm

Neolithic culture at the Houtaomuga site, Jilin province, Northeast China
Lixin Wang (Research Center for Chinese Frontier Archaeology, Jilin University, China)

2:45–3:00 pm

Comparative perspectives on Neolithic niche construction in northern China and eastern-southern Korea
Gyoung-Ah Lee (Anthropology, University of Oregon)

3:00–3:15 pm

The archaeology of Pacific herring
Madonna Moss (Anthropology, University of Oregon)

3:15–3:30 pm Q & A

3:30–3:45 pm Afternoon Tea Break

3:45–4:00 pm

10-year archaebotany at Shandong University, China
Qian Yang, Hui Fang, Xuexiang Chen (Archaeology, Shandong University)

4:00–4:15 pm

Students’ research on historical ecology at University of Oregon

4:15–4:30 pm

Concluding remarks
Gary Crawford (Anthropology, University of Toronto, Canada)

4:30–5:00 pm