Aikens, C. Melvin. The Yayoi period

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: The Yayoi period

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Prehistory of Japan

Published By: Original publisher Prehistory of Japan New York: Academic Press. 1982. 187-250 p. ill., maps

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication C. Melvin Aikens, Takayasu Higuchi

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2004. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Yayoi (AB80)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Location (131); Cereal agriculture (243); Woodworking (322); Ceramic technology (323); Lithic industries (324); Smiths and their crafts (326); Dwellings (342); Settlement patterns (361); Weapons (411); General tools (412); Utensils (415); Burial practices and funerals (764); Chronologies and culture sequences (911); Cultural stratigraphy (912);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document Aikens and Higuchi write an overview of the Yayoi culture. A diversity of topics are covered. They discuss the transition from Jomon to Yayoi, the continuities between the two periods, and the spread of Yayoi. '…[S]ite summaries … illustrate the most important cultural characteristics and developments of the Yayoi period, with attention focused on Kyushu, where the culture first appeared, and the Kyoto-Osaka region, where it reached its highest development….[The chapter closes] with a partial account of Yayoi period culture as seen through the eyes of early Chinese historical chroniclers…' (page 199). The site summaries include descriptions of technology, settlement patterns, cemeteries, house structures, food production, etc. The concluding pages include a translation of a portion of the WEI CHIH, which describes the Yayoi people, government, the installation of Queen Himiko and what happened after her death.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 1

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. ab80-001

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Essay

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 339-347)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document not specified

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Archaeologist-4

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Sarah Berry ; 2003

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 2300 BP-1700 BP (300 B.C.-300 A.D.)

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku; Japan

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Yayoi culture

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