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Ref ID: 29343
Ref Type: Journal Article
Authors: Izuho, Masami
Sato, Hiroyuki
Title: Archaeological obsidian studies in Hokkaido, Japan: retrospect and prospects
Date: 2007
Source: Bulletin of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association
Notes: Special section on volcanic glass
Proceedings of the 18th Congress of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association, Manila, Philippines, 20 to 26 March 2006.
Abstract: Recent research has identified an extended exchange network in the Japan Sea Rim area extending over 3,000 km and including the mainland. This paper reviews current knowledge about obsidian studies in Hokkaido, a part of this region, and makes proposals for future research. The geology of Hokkaido and its 21 known obsidian sources are reviewed and results of chemical analyses of some sources described. Archaeological studies of exchange networks, exploitation patterns and site variation are described. Proposals for the direction of future studies include additional research on the location, geological history and characterization of obsidian sources and the use of new models concerning procurement range, mobility patterns and behavioural strategies.
Date Created: 11/18/2008
Volume: 27
Page Start: 114
Page End: 121