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      Symposium, Lectures, Workshops in 2012

West Asian Archaeology Seminar:   (Completed)
"Archaeological survey and rescue project at the Hasankeyf site"

A lecture by the president of Batman University, Turkey on archaeological remains from the Islamic period in South Eastern Anatolia.

Date:  Tuesday 26 March

Time: 14:00 – 16:00

Place:  Tsukuba University, Laboratory of Advanced Research A, Room A110

* *The lecture is given in Turkish with Japanese translation.

 

 


Symposium: The analysis of organic material in painted cultural heritage (Completed)

The invited speaker, Joy Mazurek is a researcher at the Getty Conservation Institute in the USA.  She has worked on the analysis of organic material in painted cultural heritage in Egypt, the Dunhuang Mogao Cave Grottoes, China and elsewhere using biochemical methods such as antigen-antibody reaction and GC/MS.

(This symposium on the research and analysis of organic material is co hosted by the Research Centre for West Asian Civilization and the National Museum for Western Art with the cooperation of the National Research Institute for Cultural Properties.)

Date: Monday 7 January 2013

Time: 13:00 – 17:00

Place: National Research Institute for Cultural Properties Basement meeting room
(Located inside Ueno Park, Taito-ku Tokyo.  The closest JR station is Uguisudani)

Program
13:00- Opening remarks Yoko Taniguchi (University of Tsukuba)
Introduction: organic analysis in polychromed cultural heritage

13:15- Joy Mazurek (Getty Conservation Institute, USA)
The Identification of Binding Media in Paint using ELISA
(This presentation is in English. There will be simultaneous translation into Japanese)

14:10- Miho Takashima (National Museum of Western Art)
Painting techniques and materials of Jacob Camille Pissarro's 'The Harvest'

14:40- Break

15:00- Yoshiko Shimazu (National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo)
Organic analysis of 19th C Northern European oil paintings

15:30-  Takashi Nakazawa  (Nara Women’s University)
Identification of binding media using MALDI-MS

16:00 – 17:00    Discussion/Question and Answer Session

 


Seminar 8: Friday December 19 2012, 5:00 p.m - 6:00 p.m. (Completed)

Tsukuba University Social Sciences Building A, Room B112

Yosuke Miyairi  (University of Tokyo)

"Dating of material from the Late Quaternary period"

 

Everyone is welcom

 


Seminar 7: Friday October 19 2012, 3:15 p.m - 6:00 p.m. (Completed)

Tsukuba University Social Sciences Building A, Room A110

Akira Tsuneki  (University of Tsukuba)
“Latest news from the Arsenjan Project in Iran”

Sari Jammo  (University of Aleppo)
“ The destruction of cultural property and the current situation in Syria”

 

All welcome

 

 


Lectures on the Archaeology and Cultural Heritage of Iran and Beyond (Completed)

Date: June 1st, 2012 (Friday)  15:00-17:00

Place: A107, Laboratory of Advanced Research A, University of Tsukuba

Programme
15:00-15:10: Opening address
Mohammadreza Bazrgar (Director, Research Center of the Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization)

15:10–15:25: Recent Iranian Archaeology
Seyedmahmoud Mireskandari (Director of Archaeological Department, Research Center of the Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization)

15:25–15:40: University of Tsukuba and Archaeological Investigations in Iran
Akira Tsuneki  (Faculty of Humanities and Social Science, Univ. of Tsukuba)

15:40–15:55: Conserving Cultural Heritage in Bamiyan, Afghanistan
Yoko Taniguchi (Faculty of Humanities and Social Science, Univ. of Tsukuba)

15:55-16:10: Coffee break

16:10-16:25: Lithic Archaeology in Arsanjan area
Maiko Nakamura (Graduate School of Humanities and Social Science, Univ. of Tsukuba)

16:25-16:40: Geology of Arsanjan
Ken-ichiro Hisada (Faculty of Life and Environmental Science, Univ. of Tsukuba)

16:40–17:00: Question time and discussion

 

Workshop on Iranian Archaeology and Cultural Heritage (NEW)

Date: June 4th, 2012 (Monday)  15:00-17:00

Place: Room 121, Bunkyo School Building, Tokyo Campus, University of Tsukuba

Programme
15:00-15:10: Opening address
Dr. Mohammadreza Bazrgar  (Director, Research Center of the Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization)

15:10-15:30: Recent cultural administration of Iran
Mr. Behzadali Sabetsarvestani  (Deputy, Research Center of the Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization)

15:30-15:50: Recent archaeological researches in Iran
Dr. Seyedmahmoud Mireskandari (Director of Archaeological Department, Research Center of the Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization)

15:50-16:05: coffee break

16:05-16:25: Arsanjan project
Dr. Akira Tsuneki (University of Tsukuba)

16:25-16:45: Lithic Artifacts of Arsanjan and their significance
Dr. Katsuhiko Ohnuma (Kokushikan University)

16:45-17:00: Discussion


Research Centre for West Asian Civilization Special Seminar (Completed)

Ms  Monireh Poshtkoohi, a geologist from the Islamic Republic of Iran will be the invited speaker at a special seminar hosted by the Research Centre for West Asian Civilization.

Date: Monday 2nd April 2012

Time: 16:30 – 17:30

Place: University of Tsukuba, Natural Sciences Building B Room 215 (West of Matsumi Kamiike)

Speaker: Ms. Monireh Poshtkoohi (Researcher, Geological Survey of Iran)

Topic: The geology of Iran and recent developments in geochemical research in Iran

* The presentation will be in English.
* Pre-registration is not necessary. All welcome.

 



 Symposium, Lectures, Workshops in 2011

Seminar 4: Friday October 14 2011  (Completed)

Tsukuba University Social Sciences Building A, Room A110

Hidetoshi Tsumoto (Ancient Orient Museum, Tokyo)
"Current research and trends in the archaeology of the Hittite Empire
"

Atsunori Hasegawa (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science)
" Research on Hittite period sites from the eastern shores of the Meditteranean"

 

 

 

Seminar 5: Friday January 20 2012, 4:00 p.m - 6:00 p.m. (Completed)

Tsukuba University Social Sciences Building A, Room A110

Kimikazu Sasa (Research Facility Centre for Science and Technology)
"Possible new accelerator mass spectrometry studies at the University of Tsukuba"

Teruyuki Maruoka (Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences)
"The use of isotopic ratios to analyse Palaeoenvironmental change"



Seminar 6: Friday February 17 2012, 4:30 p.m - 6:30 p.m. (Completed)

Tsukuba University Social Sciences Building A, Room A110

Jun Ikeda (Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences)
"Digital innovation in West Asian language research"

Masakatsu Nagai (Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences)
"Digital Humanities in Practice:  Paleographic research on ancient Egyptian hieratic writing"

All welcome

 

 



International Symposium

"Burial Customs in Prehistoric West Asia" (Completed)

Date:  Friday 16 December 2011, 13:00-16:50

Place:  University of Tsukuba, Research Building A111

Program:

13:00-13:30      Akira TSUNEKI (University of Tsukuba)
Neolithic Burials at Tell Ain el-Kerkh. 13:30-14:00 Yu ITAHASHI (University of Tokyo)
Multi Isotopic Evidence for Dietary and Immigrant Signatures of Mortuary Bones at Tell Ain el-Kerkh.

14:00-14:30      Yılmaz Selim ERDAL (Hacetepe University, Turkey)
Life and Death in the Pre-Pottery Neolithic Population of Kortik Tepe.

14:30-15:00 Coffee break

15:00-15:30      Yutaka MIYAKE (University of Tsukuba)
Neolithic Burials at Hasakeyf höyük and Salat Camii Yanı.

15:30-16:00 Halil TEKIN (Hacetepe University, Turkey)
Late Neolithic Burials from the excavations at Hakemi Use and Karavelyan.

16:00-16:30 Yılmaz Selim ERDAL (Hacetepe University, Turkey)
Bioarchaeological interpretation of the Late Neolithic Population at Hakemi Use

16:30-16:50 Discussion

 


 

Town & Gown Dialogues:  An Introduction to Ancient Civilization in West Asia (Completed)

Tsukuba Community Support Center will host a public meeting where researchers from the Center for West Asian Civilizations will give lectures on a variety of topics related to ancient West Asia. After the lecture there will be an opportunity for members of the public to meet with researchers.

Date and Time:  Sunday 26 June 2011, 13:00 – 15:30
Place:  Tsukuba Science Information Center (inside Tsukuba Center building)
Theme:  Read and learn about West Asia...  This is a hundred times more fun!
Participation Fee: ¥500 (includes materials). 

Program
12:30     Doors open
13:00 – 15:00  (7 presentations of 15 minutes each)
Akira Tsuneki:  Why the interest in Ancient Civilizations of West Asia?
Toru Nakamura:  Not just desert!  The vegetation of West Asia
Yutaka Miyake:  West Asia as the origin of dairies – How did they keep livestock            
Daisuke Shibata: The mythology of ancient Mesopotamia: Religion and natural disasters. 
Masanori Kurosawa: What we can understand from stone: The blue stone (lapis lazuli) story
Jun Ikeda: The world of cuneiform writing:  Let’s compare them with Japanese characters
Osamu Maeda: Lawrence of Arabia’s view of West Asian Civilization

15:00 – 16:00     Round table discussion ‘My experience of West Asia’
Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the presenters. Let’s enjoy the opportunity to learn more about West Asia!

16:15 – 17:30   ‘West Asia café’

Everyone will have the chance to taste some West Asian tea and coffee and sweets as well as bread with honey or olive oil. There will also an opportunity to meet and talk with the researchers.


 

Symposium, Lectures, Workshop in 2010


Regular Seminar Series

Title and presenter details of the regular research seminar series held by the Research Center for West Asian Civilizations are given below. (All welcome.)


Seminar 1: Friday 19 November 2010  (Completed)
Tsukuba University Research Building A, Room A107

Yutaka Miyake  (Associate Professor, Dept of History & Anthropology)
"The origin of agriculture and sedentism: A view of Neolithic West Asia from southeast Anatolia"

Morito Iizuka   (Graduate Student, Doctoral Program in History & Anthropology)
"Changes in stamp seal motifs in Chalcolithic West Asia"

 



Seminar 2: Friday 21 January 2011  (Completed)
Tsukuba University Social Sciences Building A, Room A110

Kenichiro Hisada  (Professor of Earth Evolution Science) 
" West Asian plate tectonics"

Yuji Yagi  (Asociate Professor of Earth Evolution Science)
"West Asia and seismic activity"

 

 

 

Seminar 3: Friday February 18 2011 (Completed)
Tsukuba University Research Building A, Room A107

Daisuke Shibata (Assistant Professor of History & Anthropology)
"Cuneiform
clay tablets: Discoveries from Tell Taban"

Akiko Nishimura  (Terracotta Conservation Experts)
" Cultural heritage and conservation issues in tablet conservation from Tell Taban"

 

 

 


 
THE THIRD SAKURA MEETING
Geography and Culture on the Habur and Euphrates

The Research Center for West Asian Civilization hosted the Third Sakura Meeting on Geography and Culture on Habur and the Euphrates at the Tsukuba International Congress Center on October 9 and 10. The Sakura meeting series is an initiative of the University of Tsukuba and CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique), Paris and is funded by a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science grant. 

On the first day participants at the meeting revised and discussed issues related to translation and interpretation of cuneiform tablets recovered through archaeological excavation of Emar (Tell Meksene), located on the great bend of the Middle Euphrates in north eastern Syria. 

The second days presentation and discussion concerned cuneiform texts recovered from Mari (Tell Al-Hariri) and Tabutum (Tell Taban), Old Babylonian and Middle Asyrian sites respectively. Invited speakers included J-M Durand (College de France), L Marti (CNRS), N Ziegler (CNRS) and D Charpin (University of Paris, Sorbonne). 

The fourth and last Sakura project meeting will be held in Paris in early 2011.


 

Lecture by Josef Kanjou

On November 8, 2010 the Research Center for West Asian Civilization invited Dr. Joseph Kanjou from the Aleppo National Museum of the Syrian Arab Republic to give a presentation to students and graduate students at the University of Tsukuba as part of the center’s ongoing Education program.

Dr. Kanjou talked about research being undertaken at Tell al-Qaramel including the burial sites and human remains that have been uncovered from this site. This included descriptions of interesting cases where skulls were removed from corpses during burial rites, analysis of cut marks left on tibia and how information obtained from the site influenced knowledge of Neolithic burial practices in West Asia.

A question and answer session provided students with a valuable opportunity to interact with foreign researchers.



 
International Symposium "The Pre-Pottery Neolithic in West Asia: Göbekli Tepe and its environs"

From the 15th – 19th December 2010 the Research Center for West Asian Civilization hosted the visit of Professor Klaus Schmidt from the Deutsches Archalogisches Institut (German Archaeological Institute). Professor Schmidt is one of the pre-eminent scholars conducting research on the Pre-Pottery Neolithic (PPN) in West Asia. He is currently overseeing the excavation of Göbekli Tepe, a PPN site in Anatolia, Turkey.

He was an invited speaker at a symposium entitled ‘The Pre-Pottery Neolithic in West Asia: Göbekli Tepe and its environs held at the University of Tsukuba on the 16th of December where he spoke on current research being undertaken at Göbekli Tepe. Other speakers included Yutaka Miyake, Akira Tsuneki and Osamu Maeda from the University of Tsukuba and Makoto Arimura from the National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo.

At a public lecture at the Ancient Orient Museum, Tokyo on Saturday 18th December Professor Schmidt discussed recent finds from Göbekli Tepe and gave a presentation on the symbolic world of the Pre-Pottery Neolithic in Upper Mesopotamia. This talk was attended by more than 100 people and members of the public appreciated the opportunity to question Prof. Schmidt directly about the site and his research.

 


Program

Thursday 16 December 2010, Tsukuba University Research Building A, Room A107
"The Pre-Pottery Neolithic in West Asia: Göbekli Tepe and its environs"

14:00-14:10:  Opening Address

14:10-14:40:  Recent Progress in Pre-Pottery Neolithic (PPN) Research in Southeastern Anatolia
           (Yutaka MIYAKE & Osamu MAEDA)

14:45-15:15:  The Early PPNB in the Northern Levant: A view from Tell Ain el-Kerkh
          (Akira TSUNEKI & Makoto ARIMURA)

15:20-15:35  Coffee Break

15:35-16:05   Stone Artifacts from PPN Göbekli Tepe: typology and chronology
          (Çiğdem KÖKSAL-SCHMIDT & Klaus SCHMIDT)

16:10-16:55  The symbolic world of the PPN in Upper Mesopotamia
          (Klaus SCHMIDT)

17:00-17:30 General Discussion

December 18, 2010: (Sat)  5th floor conference room 501, Ikebukuro Sunshine City Bunka Kaikan

Public Lecture:  "The meaning of the oldest monuments and ceremonial center at Gobekli Tepe, Western Asia"

Lecturer: Prof. Klaus Schmidt (German Archaeological Institute)

Language: English (with Japanese translation)

Sponsor: Ancient Orient Museum

 

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