On the Term ‘Jōmon’ and the Contribution of Russian Scholars to Jōmon Studies

  • Andrey V. Tabarev Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, Novosibirsk, Russia
  • Irina S. Zhushchikhovskaya Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography of the Peoples of the Far East, Vladivostok, Russia
  • Darya A. Ivanova Far Eastern Federal University, School of Arts and Humanities, Vladivostok, Russia
Keywords: Jōmon, Neolithic, Far East, pottery, technology, periodization, cooperation


The article is devoted to the introduction of the term ‘Jōmon’ into Russian archaeological literature, its understanding, and the contribution of Russian scholars to Jōmon studies starting from the late 20th century. The recognition of the term and its use had some peculiarities which were caused not only by the language barrier and political events in the far eastern region, but mostly by the specifics of the archaeological investigations in the Russian Far East and the priority of research focused first on the Ainu origin, and then on the Palaeolithic rather on the nature of the Neolithic. The rise of the interest in Jōmon grew in the late 1960s and early 1970s with the discoveries of initial pottery with Final Pleistocene dates in Japan and Russia (Lower and Middle Amur Region). During the 1980s and 1990s this trend was realized in a series of publications, international conferences, and the first joint Russian-Japanese archaeological projects. The current stage is illustrated by the institualization of several research centres of Jōmon studies in Russia (Novosibirsk, Vladivostok), by a high level of international cooperation, and by a wide range of research topics, including chronological, technological, ritual and other aspects of the Jōmon period.


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TabarevA. V., ZhushchikhovskayaI. S., & IvanovaD. A. (2020). On the Term ‘Jōmon’ and the Contribution of Russian Scholars to Jōmon Studies. Documenta Praehistorica, 47, 560-571. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.47.32