Thematic Programs

International Symposium: Insights Into Human History in the Eurasian Stone Age: Recent Developments in Archaeology, Palaeoanthropology, and Genetics


Information

This event will be both in person and online.

Date

Monday, September 27, 2022 – Wednesday, September 29, 2022

Venue

TOKYO ELECTRON House of Creativity 3F, Lecture Theater, Katahira Campus, Tohoku University [Access]

Invited Speakers

Simona Arrighi (University of Bologna)
Stefano Benazzi (University of Bologna)
Andrea Columbu (University of Pisa)
Katerina Douka (The University of Vienna)
Xing Gao (Chinese Academy of Science)
Ted Goebel (University of Kansas)
Israel Hershkovitz (Tel Aviv University)
Tom Higham (University of Vienna)
Jean–Jacques Hublin (Collège de France / Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)
Fumie Iizuka (Tohoku University)
Olaf Jöris (MONREPOS Archaeological Research Centre and Museum for Human Behavioural Evolution)
Seiji Kadowaki (Nagoya University)
Yousuke Kaifu (The University of Tokyo)
Kseniya A. Kolobova (Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science)
Steven Kuhn (University of Arizona)
Feng Li (Chinese Academy of Science)
Xiaowei Mao (Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Kazuki Morisaki (The University of Tokyo)
Yoshihiro Nishiaki (The University of Tokyo)
Akira Ono (Honorary President of Asian Palaeolithic Association/ Emeritus Professor, Tokyo Metropolitan University)
Hiroki Oota (The University of Tokyo)
Fei Peng (Minzu University)
Andrea Picin (The Friedrich Schiller University Jena)
Cosimo Posth (The University of Tübingen)
Evgeny Rybin (Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science)
Viviane Slon (Tel Aviv University)
Xing Song (Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Sahra Talamo (University of Bologna)
Tsenka Tsanova (University of Tübingen)
Frido Welker (University of Copenhagen)
Dongju Zhang (Lanzhou University)
Nicolas Zwyns (University of California Davis)

International Symposium Program

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Time Schedule

Tuesday, September 27, 2022
11:00 – 13:00
Registration
13:00 – 13:10
Opening Address
Katsuhiro Sano (Deputy Director, Center of Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University)
13:10 – 13:20
Greetings
Akira Ono (Honorary President of Asian Palaeolithic Association/ Emeritus Professor, Tokyo Metropolitan University)
Session 1: Migration of Archaic Humans Into Central and Northeast Asia
Chair: Stefano Benazzi (University of Bologna)
13:20 – 14:20
Keynote Lecture
Kseniya A. Kolobova (Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science)
Neanderthal Migration to the East
14:20 – 14:40
Coffee Break
14:40 – 15:00
Viviane Slon (Tel Aviv University)
Genetic Studies on Denisovans and Neanderthals
15:00 – 15:20
Viviane Slon (Tel Aviv University)
Inferences on the Genetic History of Eurasia Based on Sedimentary Ancient DNA
15:20 – 15:40
Olaf Jöris (MONREPOS Archaeological Research Centre and Museum for Human Behavioural Evolution)
The Spatio–temporal Patterning of Keilmessergruppen Assemblages: Implications for Neanderthal Dispersal and Migrations
15:40 – 16:00
Yoshihiro Nishiaki (The University of Tokyo)
The Teshik–Tash Neanderthal Lithic Industry in the Context of Neanderthal Dispersals
16:00 – 16:20
Coffee Break
16:20 – 16:40
Xing Song (Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Discussion on the Evolutionary Status of Mainland East Asian Late Middle Pleistocene Archaic Homo [online]
16:40 – 17:00
Dongju Zhang (Lanzhou University)
Denisovans From Baishiya Karst Cave on the Tibetan Plateau [online]
17:00 – 17:20
Xing Gao (Chinese Academy of Science)
The Complexity of the Middle Paleolithic Industries in China and Implications for Trajectories of Human Evolution in the Region [online]
17:20 – 17:40
Katerina Douka (The University of Vienna)
What We Know about Denisovans: An Overview of Current Fossils, Archaeology, Chronology and Geographic Spread [online]
17:40 – 18:00
Frido Welker (University of Copenhagen)
Palaeoproteomics for Human Evolution
18:00 – 18:10
Coffee Break
18:10 – 18:50
Discussion
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Session 2: Origin and Expansion of Homo Sapiens in Western Eurasia
Chair: Masami Izuho (Tokyo Metropolitan University)
08:50 – 09:00
Greetings
Motoko Kotani (Executive Vice President for Research, Director of Tohoku Forum for Creativity, Tohoku University)
09:00 – 10:00
Keynote Lecture
Jean–Jacques Hublin (Collège de France / Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)
Origin and Expansion of Homo Sapiens in Western Eurasia
10:00 – 10:20
Coffee Break
10:20 – 10:40
Israel Hershkovitz (Tel Aviv University)
Pre–Neanderthals and Modern Humans in the Levant During the Late Middle Pleistocene: A Perspective From the Nesher Ramla Homo Fossil
10:40 – 11:00
Seiji Kadowaki (Nagoya University)
Multiple Pathways to the Upper Paleolithic? Geographic Variability in the Middle to Upper Paleolithic Transition in the Levant
11:00 – 11:20
Andrea Columbu (University of Pisa)
MIS3 Palaeoclimate and Palaeoenvironment in Western Eurasia
11:20 – 11:40
Cosimo Posth (The University of Tübingen)
The Genomic Profile of Upper Paleolithic European Hunter–gatherers
11:40 – 12:00
Tsenka Tsanova (University of Tübingen)
The Initial Upper Palaeolithic at Bacho Kiro Cave and in the Eastern Balkan Area [online]
12:00 – 13:30
Lunch
13:30 – 13:50
Andrea Picin (The Friedrich Schiller University Jena)
Cultural Perspectives on Early Dispersals of Homo Sapiens in Central Europe and Eastern European Plains
13:50 – 14:10
Stefano Benazzi (University of Bologna)
ERC Project SUCCESS: The Earliest Migration of Homo Sapiens in Southern Europe
14:10 – 14:30
Katsuhiro Sano (Tohoku University)
Advanced Projectile Technology of the Earliest Homo Sapiens in Europe
14:30 – 14:50
Sahra Talamo (University of Bologna)
What a Precise Clock! ERC Project RESOLUTION Provides More Refine Chronology of the Initial and Early Upper Palaeolithic in Europe [online]
14:50 – 15:00
Coffee Break
15:00 – 15:40
Discussion
Special Session: The Japanese Palaeolithic: Isolation and Cultural Exchanges
Chair: Kohei Tamura (Tohoku University)
16:00 – 16:40
Special Lecture
Yousuke Kaifu (The University of Tokyo)
Another Palaeolithic Frontier: Modeling the Earliest Seafaring in East Asia
16:40 – 17:00
Katsuhiro Sano (Tohoku University)
The Spatio–temporal Patterns of the Early Upper Palaeolithic Assemblages in the Japanese Islands
17:00 – 17:20
Kazuki Morisaki (The University of Tokyo)
Middle and Late Upper Palaeolithic in the Japanese Archipelago: Local Development and Continental Influence
17:20 – 17:40
Fumie Iizuka (Tohoku University)
Ecosystem Change and Decisions for Pottery Using Foraging: Late Pleistocene Cases From the Japanese Archipelago
17:40 – 18:00
Hiroki Oota (The University of Tokyo)
Ancient Genome Analysis of Human Remains in the Japanese Archipelago
18:00 – 18:10
Coffee Break
18:10 – 18:40
Discussion
Thursday, September 29, 2022
Session 3: The Earliest Migration of Homo Sapiens Into Central and Northeast Asia
Chair: Katsuhiro Sano (Tohoku University)
09:30 – 09:50
Ted Goebel (University of Kansas)
Problems and Prospects in the Study of Modern–human Dispersal in Northern Asia
09:50 – 10:10
Masami Izuho (Tokyo Metropolitan University)
Early Adaptations Into Tundra Landscape by Modern Humans: A Case Study of the Initial Upper Paleolithic in Mongolia and Transbaikal, Russia
10:10 – 10:30
Nicolas Zwyns (University of California Davis)
Exploring the Variability of IUP Assemblages Using a Techno–economic Approach: the Example of Tolbor–16, Mongolia
10:30 – 10:50
Coffee Break
10:50 – 11:10
Evgeny Rybin (Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science)
Initial Upper Paleolithic of Southern Siberia and Central Asia: Continuity and Variability
11:10 – 11:30
Feng Li (Chinese Academy of Science)
Understanding the Initial Upper Paleolithic of China in a regional context of Eastern Eurasia [online]
11:30 – 11:50
Fei Peng (Minzu University)
New Progress on the Excavation and Research of Shuidonggou Site Complex [online]
11:50 – 12:10
Xiaowei Mao (Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Genetic Insight Into Northern East Asia During the Period of Ice Age and Paleolithic–Neolithic Transition [online]
12:10 – 14:00
Lunch
14:00 – 14:20
Steven Kuhn (University of Arizona)
The Initial Upper Paleolithic in Asia: Is It Still a Useful Concept?
14:20 – 15:20
Keynote Lecture
Tom Higham (University of Vienna)
Pitfalls and Progress in Dating the Earliest Appearance of Homo Sapiens in Central and Northeast Asia [online]
15:20 – 16:00
Discussion
16:30 – 18:00
Poster Session

Co–hosted by

Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University

Contact

Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University
E–mail: waka.kuboyama.e4*tohoku.ac.jp (change * to @)