Beyond Japan Ep. #44: Prehistoric Tragedy: The Oldest Shark Attack Victim with J. Alyssa White

This week Oliver is joined by J. Alyssa White, PhD candidate in Archaeology at the University of Oxford, to discuss the prehistoric tragedy of the world’s oldest known shark attack victim.

Beyond Japan Ep. #43: Bronze Age Globalisation with Dr Mark Hudson

This week Oliver is joined by Dr Mark Hudson, archaeologist in the interdisciplinary Eurasia3angle research group at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, to discuss socio-cultural exchange occurred between Jōmon-era Japan and mainland Eurasia, followed by a re-Jōmonisation where external cultures were rejected in a return to the local.

Beyond Japan Ep. #31: International Research Post-COVID with Professor Simon Kaner

Oliver is joined by Professor Simon Kaner for a reflective episode on international research post-pandemic. Simon will share with us how research projects at the Sainsbury Institute have been altered by the pandemic, the pros and cons of such changes and how he believes future international research will look once we’re out the other side.

Beyond Japan Ep. #30: Big Data in Prehistory with Dr Enrico Crema

Oliver is joined by Dr Enrico Crema of the University of Cambridge to discuss how big data is revolutionising our understandings of prehistoric societies, laying out shifts in demographics and cultural exchange that occurred with early migration from the Korean peninsula to the Japanese mainland.

Beyond Japan Ep. #27: 福島の古墳:東日本大震災以降の発掘調査 菊地芳朗教授(福島大学)

This week we present a special Japanese-language episode of Beyond Japan with Professor Kikuchi Yoshio on the Kofun of Fukushima to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Remains of the first English samurai William Adams identified?

421 years ago, an Englishman by the name of William Adams became the first to reach Japan. Initially detained by Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, he became an invaluable source of innovation regarding shipbuilding and establishing English and Dutch trading factories in Hirado, Nagasaki. Recognised as one of the most influential foreigners in Japan during this period,Continue reading “Remains of the first English samurai William Adams identified?”