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Junko Habu, age 10, 1969.
Junko Habu’s interest in archaeology began at an early age. Shimoda-Higashi Shell Midden, Yokohama, 1969

Junko Habu is professor of the Department of Anthropology at the University of California (UC), Berkeley and affiliate professor of the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN), Japan. Growing up in Yokoyama City, Japan, Junko received her BA (1982) and MA (1984) in Archaeology and Ethnology at Keio University, Tokyo. After working as a full-time Research Associate at the Faculty of Science of the University of Tokyo (1984-1988), Junko went to Montreal for her Ph.D. study and received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from McGill University in 1996. In the same year, she joined the Department of Anthropology of the University of California, Berkeley. She has been a visiting professor/researcher at Keio University (2000, 2001), RIHN (2010) and the Graduate University for Advanced Studies (2011) in Japan. From Summer 2014 to Summer 2016, she took a research leave from UC Berkeley and led an international transdisciplinary project at RIHN titled Long-term Sustainability through Place-Based, Small-scale Economies: Approaches from Historical Ecology. The Full-Research Phase of this project ended in March 2017, and she is now back in Berkeley for full-time teaching and research.

 

1979 Isarago Shell Midden
Habu, center, mapping a Late Jomon pit dwelling at the Isarago Shell Midden, 1979

Junko has excavated a number of prehistoric Jomon (14,500-300 BC) sites and historic Edo period (AD 1600-1868) sites in Japan as well as Thule Inuit sites in the Canadian arctic. Her field and laboratory experiences include the following:
1975-79, 82-83: Excavation of the Kunenbashi site (Final Jomon), Kitakami City, Iwate, Japan (crew member)
1978-81: Excavation of the Isarago shellmidden (Initial-Final Jomon), Tokyo, Japan (crew member)
1982-83: Excavation of the Makino Clan Cemetery at Saikaiji Temple (AD. 17-19th Cent.), Tokyo, Japan (field supervisor)
1984: Excavation of the Tama New Town Nos. 388 and 450 sites (Jomon and Heian periods) (assistant researcher)
1988: Excavation of the Science Building No. 7 site of the Hongo Campus of the University of Tokyo (Samurai Residence, AD 17-19th Cent.), Tokyo, Japan (Principal Investigator [PI])
1991: Excavation of the PaJs-13 site, Hazard Inlet Thule Whaling Project, Somerset Island, Canada (field supervisor)

Soil Sampling at the Sannai Maruyama site, 2006

1997-2007: Berkeley Sannai Maruyama Project, Aomori, Japan (PI)
2008-2010: PI, Excavation of the Goshizawa Matsumori No. 4 site (Early-Middle Jomon), Aomori, Japan (PI)
2014-2017: PI: Ethnographic interviews of small-scale food producers and local stakeholders in Iwate, Fukushima and Hokkaido, Japan (sub-projects under RIHN’s Small-scale Economies Project)

Junko’s books include Ancient Jomon of Japan (Cambridge University Press, 2004), Beyond Foraging and Collecting (Kluwer/Plenum 2002, co-edited with B. Fitzhugh) and Evaluating Multiple Narratives (Springer 2008, co-edited with C. Fawcett and J. M. Matsunaga).

 

Dr. Habu demonstrating cord-marking on pottery from the Jomon Period to visitors at a RIHN open house, 2014

Junko currently serves on the editorial boards of Japanese Journal of Archaeology [the English journal of the Japanese Archaeological Association], Asian Perspectives, Archaeological Research in Asia, Progress in Earth and Planetary Science, and Journal of Korean Art and Archaeology. She also serves on the advisory board of Anthropological Science [Journal of the Anthropological Society of Nippon]. In 2012, she served as the Executive Program Committee for the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association that was held in San Francisco. From 2005 to 2010, she served on the advisory board of the Luce/ACLS Initiative on East and Southeast Asian Archaeology and Early History.