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The 4th Conference on the Archaeological and Anthropological Application of Morphometrics



The Morph is annual academic conference focusing on archaeological and anthropological applications of both traditional and geometric morphometrics. Following the series of successes in UK and Denmark, the 4th conference will be the first-ever opportunity outside of Europe.
Tohoku University, one of the most historic and the prominent universites in Japan, will host the conference on 13–15 September. All those interested in related field of science are cordially invited to MORPH 2019.

Date: September 13, 2019 – September 15, 2019
Venue: TOKYO ELECTRON House of Creativity 3F, Lecture Theater, Katahira Campus, Tohoku University [Access]
Web site: Morph2019 Sendai Web site

Organizing Committee

Kaoru Akoshima (Tohoku University)

Satoru Nakazono (International University of Kagoshima)

Board member:
Noriko Seguchi (Kyushu University)
Hiroko Hashimoto (Kyoto University)
Akihiro Kaneda (Nara National Institute for Cultural Properties)
Atsushi Noguchi (University Museum, University of Tokyo / NPO-JCSACH) Secretariat
Kohei Tamura (Tohoku University) (Secretariat)
Hiromi Hirakawa (International University of Kagoshima) Secretariat


Friday, September 13, 2019
Registration (no lunch meal provided)
Workshop 1
13:00 – 16:30
Christian Steven Hoggard (Southampton University)
Introduction to Geometric Morphometrics in Archaeology


Saturday, September 14, 2019
Workshop 2
09:00 – 12:00
Ben Marwick (University of Washington)
Reproducibility and Transparency in Archaeological Science using R and Related Tools
Plenary Session "Recent Progress of Morphometrics in Archaeology and Anthropology"
13:20 – 14:10
Naoko Matsumoto (Okayama University)
Typology and morphometrics: How we see and interact with things
14:10 – 15:00
Cory Marie Stade (Southampton University)
What Shape can tell us about Homo erectus’ Mind
15:20 – 16:10
Katrien G. Janin (University of Cambridge)
Integration and modularity of the primate pelvic girdle
16:10 – 17:00
Naomichi Ogihara (University of Tokyo)
Inferring the anatomy of the Neanderthal brain using geometric morphometrics
Conference Dinner *optional


Sunday, September 15, 2019
Oral and Poster Presentations
09:00 –
Opening address
09:10 – 09:35
Estimating Missing Landmarks in GMM
Author: Hist et al.
09:35 – 10:00
Canonical Variate Analysis
Author: Hist et al.
10:00 – 10:25
Lithic Illustrations in Morphometric Analyses
Author: Hoggard et al.
10:25 – 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 – 11:25
Morphometric and Experimentative approaches for Strategic Diversity
Author: Kumagai
11:25 – 11:50
EUP lithic technology in NE Paleo-Honshu Is.
Author: Noguchi et al.
11:50 – 12:00
12:00 – 13:00
13:00 – 14:00
Poster core time
14:00 – 14:25
Understanding technology through shape
Author: Pederson and Riede
14:25 – 15:00
Shaping the terminal Pleistocene bifaces
Author: Noguchi et al.
15:00 – 15:30
Coffee break
15:30 – 15:55
Relationship between Ancient Shell and Stone Adze
Author: Yamagishi and Tamura
15:55 – 16:20
Beyond Relative-Chronologies
Author: Loftus
16:20 – 16:45
Investigating social change during cultural contact period
Author: Wang and Marwick
16:45 – 16:50
16:50 – 17:00
Closing remarks


Monday, September 16, 2019
Guide Tour to Tomizawa Site Museum (in Sendai City) *optional

Poster presentation

  1. The Genetic Architecture of Facial Traits among West African
    Author: Olowo
  2. Geometric Morphometrics of human fetal brain development
    Author: Yamaguchi et al.
  3. Morphological similarity of pottery
    Author: Tateuchi
  4. 3D surface morphology of hammer stones
    Author: Noguchi et al.
  5. Morphology of Middle Yayoi Pottery in northern Kyushu
    Author: Hirakawa et al.
  6. EFA on the Ongagawa Yayoi Pottery
    Author: Tamura et al.
  7. Quantifying the morphological trend of key-hole shaped Kofun
    Author: Tamura et al.
  8. Quantifying morphological variation of Bronze and Iron arrowheads
    Author: Tamura et al.


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In collaboration with :
・Frontier Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Sciences (FRIS), Tohoku University
・ Department of Archaeology, Graduate School of Letters and Arts, Tohoku University
・Tohoku Forum for Creativity, Organization for Research Promotion, Tohoku University
・Japan Association for Archaeoinformatics (JAAI)
・NPO Japanese Centre for South Asian Cultural Heritage (JCSACH)
Supported by :
・Kajima Foundation
・Sendai Tourism, Convention and International Association (SenTIA)



Email: morph2019sendai*gmail.com (change * to @)