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The Production, Preservation and Dissemination of Archaeological Data in Japan

Yuichi Takata and Peter Yanase

Cite this as: Takata, Y. and Yanase, P. 2021 The Production, Preservation and Dissemination of Archaeological Data in Japan, Internet Archaeology 58. https://doi.org/10.11141/ia.58.11

Summary

Japan is producing a vast amount of archaeological data because of the high number of rescue excavations taking place every year in the country. However, municipal administrations are struggling to cope with storing and disseminating the accumulated data. This article gives an overview of how fieldwork reports and archaeological illustrations are framed in national policies and how that affects the way they are handled locally, both in physical and digital form.

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  • Keywords: archaeology, national policies, archaeological data, rescue excavations, digitisation, fieldwork reports, Japan
  • Accepted: 21 January 2021. Published: 31 May 2021
  • Funding: This article was funded by SEADDA as part of COST Action 18128, Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union
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Corresponding author: Yuichi TakataORCID logo
CRediT: Writing - original draft, Visualisation
takata-y23@nich.go.jp
Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties

Peter YanaseORCID logo
CRediT: Writing - original draft, Writing - review & editing
Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties

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Figure 1: The number of annual excavations between 1973 and 2018 (data from Second Cultural Properties Division, Agency for Cultural Affairs 2020)

Figure 2: The density of registered archaeological sites in Tokyo

Figure 3: The number of registrations and downloads at CDASRJ between 2008 and 2019

Agency for Cultural Affairs 1998 Maizō bunkazai no hogo to hakkutsu chōsa no enkatsuka tō ni tsuite (tsūchi), Tokyo: Agency for Cultural Affairs.

Bunkazai no hogo to katsuyō ni kan suru bunkakai 2017 Teigen: Jizokuteki na bunkazai hogo no tame ni: toku ni maizō bunkazai ni okeru kikkin no kadai, Tokyo: Science Council of Japan. http://www.scj.go.jp/ja/info/kohyo/pdf/kohyo-23-t248-4.pdf [Last accessed: 25 January 2021].

Maizō bunkazai hakkutsu chōsa taisei tō no seibi jūjitsu ni kansuru chōsa kenkyū iinkai 2003 Shutsudohin no hokan ni tsuite (hōkoku), Tokyo: Agency for Cultural Affairs. http://doi.org/10.24484/sitereports.71606

Maizō bunkazai hakkutsu chōsa taisei tō no seibi jūjitsu ni kansuru chōsa kenkyū iinkai 2004 Gyōsei mokuteki de okonau maizō bunkazai no chōsa ni tsuite no hyōjun, Tokyo: Agency for Cultural Affairs. http://doi.org/10.24484/sitereports.71607

Maizō bunkazai hakkutsu chōsa taisei tō no seibi jūjitsu ni kansuru chōsa kenkyū iinkai 2017 Maizō bunkazai hogo gyōsei ni okeru dejitaru gijutsu no dōnyū ni tsuite 1 (hōkoku), Tokyo: Agency for Cultural Affairs. http://doi.org/10.24484/sitereports.71612

Maizō bunkazai hakkutsu chōsa taisei tō no seibi jūjitsu ni kansuru chōsa kenkyū iinkai 2017 Maizō bunkazai hogo gyōsei ni okeru dejitaru gijutsu no dōnyū ni tsuite 2 (hōkoku), Tokyo: Agency for Cultural Affairs. http://doi.org/10.24484/sitereports.71613

Maizō bunkazai hakkutsu chōsa taisei tō no seibi jūjitsu ni kansuru chōsa kenkyū iinkai 2019 Maizō bunkazai hogo gyōsei ni okeru dejitaru gijutsu no dōnyū ni tsuite 3 (hōkoku), Tokyo: Agency for Cultural Affairs. http://doi.org/10.24484/sitereports.71614

Monuments and Sites Division, Agency for Cultural Affairs & Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties 2010 Hakkutsu chōsa no tebiki: Seiri, hōkokusho, Tokyo: Monuments and Sites Division, Agency for Cultural Affairs.

Second Cultural Properties Division, Agency for Cultural Affairs 2020 Maizō bunkazai kankei tōkei shiryō: Reiwa gannen do, Tokyo: Agency for Cultural Affairs. http://doi.org/10.24484/sitereports.71623

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Takata Y., Kaneda A. and Dessislava V. 2019 'Prospects and potential for the comprehensive database of archaeological site reports in Japan' in F. Niccolucci and J. Richards (eds) The ARIADNE Impact, Hungary: Archaeolingua Foundation. 175-85. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3476712

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