Another Neolithic in Holocene Japan

  • Masaki Nishida Institute of History and anthropology, The University of Tsukuba
Keywords: sedentism, Jomon period, Neolithic, stability, insatiability, civilization


In the Japanese Islands, small sedentary villages sustained by hunting, gathering, fish- ing and cultivation emerged around 10 000 years ago. This life style of the Jomon people continued for around 7000 years without any drastic changes in material culture, subsistence strategy and vil- lage size until the diffusion of continental civilization into Japan approximately 2500 years ago. This indicates that the incipient sedentary society of the Jomon Period was very stable, a state which is not indicative of civilized society after that time. After the prehistoric situation in Japan, we are able to classify sedentary society into two phases; sedentism with stability and sedentism with instability (civilized society). Therefore it is possible to say that the emergence of sedentism and cultivation are not direct factors which promote the emergence of civilization.


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NishidaM. (2002). Another Neolithic in Holocene Japan. Documenta Praehistorica, 29, 21-28.