Symposia open to the public

     We are planning some symposia open to the public.  At the moment, one symposium is offered and accepted.

1-(4) Others (symposium open to the public,

                                                        luncheon seminar, etc)

(OP1) Recent progress of paleoethnobotanical studies on origins of agriculture in East Asia

                                         ( in Japanese )

Organizers: Hiroki Obata & Hiroo Nasu

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Purpose: Recent paleoethnobotanical studies in East Asia provide new insight into the origins of agriculture and its dispersal during the Neolithic. In East Asia, rice and millets were domesticated in China 9000 years ago, and cultivation of these crops spread to the surrounding regions by 2500 years ago. Our new evidences of seed and phytolith remains from archaeological context and new method of seed and insect impression studies on the pottery fragments revealed details about the route and timing of the spread of agricultural in East Asia. Furthermore, new exciting evidences of domestic legumes (soy bean and azuki bean) from Early to Final Jomon era (ca. 6000 to 2500 years ago) in Japan show that the potential of multiple origin of legume domestication in East Asia. 

The purpose of this symposium is to bring together new archaeobotanical findings related to the origin and dispersal of agriculture in East Asia to discuss and evaluate them from the regional, global, theoretical and methodological aspects.

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Luncheon seminar

(LN1) Pollen sensitization among rhinitis patients in Inner Mongolia, China

Presenter: Lei CHENG (Nanjing Medical University)

Organizer: Hiromi TAKEUCHI & Tadao ENOMOTO

Sponsor: Siemens Healthcare Diagnosetics K.K.


East Asia Paleobotany

Friday, 24 August, 18:00-20:00

Place: Room 6210 (2nd floor, Building #6)

Convener: Christopher Liu & Cheng Quan

The intention to organize this discussion meeting is to bring paleobotanists/palynologists together to study East Asian fossil plants on a global change perspective. We will share our information about possible funding from Asia and highlight outstanding fossil sites for international collaborations. We appreciate accumulating more people's attention.