Jomon Food Diversity, Climate Change, & Long-term Sustainability in Japan and Beyond

Professor Junko Habu, from the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, will use case studies from prehistoric Japan to examine the importance of current global environmental problems in the context of the greater human experience.

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Time: 4 – 5:30 PM

Location: 206 Ingraham Hall

Hosted by: Center for East Asian Studies at UW-Madison

Description: Japanese archaeology, in particular, with its rich excavation data and its long tradition of community engagement and public outreach, is in an excellent position to contribute to important contemporary debates the resilience of food systems and long-term sustainability of human society. This presentation will test a hypothesis that diversity and decentralization may be critical for maintaining long-term sustainability of human societies in the order of hundreds to tens of thousands of years.