Thematic Programs

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


Program Theme

Recent archaeological, palaeoanthropological, and genetic studies indicate that two archaic humans (Neanderthals and Denisovans) lived in Central Asia after c. 130,000 years ago, and anatomically modern humans (Homo sapiens) also migrated to this region at c. 48,000 years ago. Although Neanderthals and Denisovans were genetically and culturally close to modern humans, they went extinct after the arrival of modern humans. In contrast, modern humans stably increased their population size and further migrated to the American continent. It is little known why modern humans were able to increase their population size, while the other human species went extinct. In the program, world-class researchers who have contributed to the topics and are doing cutting-edge studies are invited to show recent advances in archaeology, palaeoanthropology, and genetics, and also provide Insights Into Human history in the Eurasian Stone Age.


*These events will be held both in person and online:

International Symposium: Insights Into Human History in the Eurasian Stone Age: Recent Developments in Archaeology, Palaeoanthropology, and Genetics
(September 27, 2022 – September 29, 2022)

Workshop 1: Emergence of Regional Diversity of Northeast Asia
(September 30, 2022)

[CANCELED] Public Lectures: Evolution, Dispersals & Replacement in Human History
(October 1, 2022)

Workshop 2: Recovering Ancient Remains and Reconstructing Past
(October 4, 2022)


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Registration  [Aug. 26, 2022 Updated]

Registration fee: free
Deadline for registration: September 1, 2022  September 20, 2022
*The deadline has been extended.

To participate in the International Symposium and Workshops, please register from here.
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If you have a problem for the online registration, please contact the secretariat at waka.kuboyama.e4(at)

Registration for Poster Session

We accept the online entry for poster presentation.

Poster Session  [Aug. 26, 2022 Updated]
Date: September 29, 2022, 16:30–18:00
Venue: TOKYO ELECTRON House of Creativity, Tohoku University
Poster Size: A0

Please prepare an approx. 300 words of abstract, and entry from here:
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Deadline: August 31, 2022 22:00   September 15, 2022
*The deadline has been extended.

* All presenters need to participate physically in the poster session, and explain the contents of poster in English.
**All presenters are required to complete the registration of the International Symposium .
*** Due to Japan's anti-Corona measures, all nationals are now required to obtain a Visa in order to come to Japan. Please complete the Visa application process on your own.


Katsuhiro Sano
(Professor, Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University)

Masami Izuho
(Associate Professor, Gradual School of Humanities, Tokyo Metropolitan University)

Kohei Tamura
(Associate Professor, Frontier Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Tohoku University)

Stefano Benazzi
(Professor, Department of Cultural Heritage, University of Bologna)


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Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University



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