Biography

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. His recent publications include The Power of Dogu: ceramic figures from ancient Japan (2009), which accompanied a major exhibition at the British Museum. Other works include Jomon Reflections: Forager Life and Culture in the Prehistoric Japanese Archipelago by Kobayashi Tatsuo (2005), which he adapted and edited with Nakamura Oki. He is also currently completing an edited volume The Archaeology of Medieval Towns: case studies from Japan and Europe, to be published in 2011.

All Publications

Kaner, S.

(2011)

Place and Identity in Jomon Japan

In: Structured Worlds : The Archaeology of Hunter-Gatherer Thought and Action.

Equinox Publishing Ltd

ISBN 978-1845530808

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Kaner, S.

(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

ISBN 978-0199232444

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Kaner, S., Nagase, F., Tsujita, J., Matsuda, A., Rousmaniere, N.

(2009)

Re-excavating the Power of Dogu (Dogû no Chikara Saihakkutsu)

in Cultural Resource Studies (Bunka Shigengaku)

8.

pp. 1-8

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Kaner, S.

(2009)

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

ISBN 978-1-61132-789-2, 978-1-59874-245-9

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Rousmaniere, N., Kaner, S.

(2002)

Collecting Japan in 19th-Century Europe

In: Europe and the Asia-Pacific.

Routledge Curzon

pp. 195-211

ISBN 978-0415297240

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Key Research Interests

Research interests include: 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.