Recently taught courses include:



  • Anthropology C125A / EALC C175 – Archaeology of East Asia; upper division course at UC Berkeley. This course provides an overview of the important theories and discoveries of the archaeology of Asia, including China, Korea, Japan, etc. | Sample Syllabus


  • Anthropology C125B / Japanese C176 – Archaeology and Japanese Identities:Changing Lifeways of Commoners Samurai and Nobles; upper division course at UC Berkeley. This course uses archaeological evidence of Japanese cultures to challenge mainstream stereotypes, and examines the implications of various Japanese identities.


  • Anthropology 128 – Special Topics in Anthropology: Archaeology and Anthropology of the Environmentupper division course at UC Berkeley. This course examines long-term sustainability of human societies through the discussions of anthropologists, archaeologists, stakeholder communities, and related fields. | Sample Syllabus


  • Anthropology 129C – Archaeology of Hunter-Gatherers; upper division course at UC Berkeley. The course offers an introduction to Hunter-Gatherer cultures through time, with a focus on case studies from the North Pacific Rim.


  • Anthropology 134 – Analysis of Archaeological Record: Archaeological Materials from the Jomon Period, Japan; upper division method course at UC Berkeley. | Sample Syllabus


  • Anthropology N134A – Field Course in Archaeological Methods: Archaeology of Jomon Hunter-Gatherers in Japan. Field school in Aomori, Japan; for Summers 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006 (Anthropology 133 for Summer 2004) at UC Berkeley. | For more information, click here.


  • Anthropology 171 – Anthropology of Japan: Environment, Energy and Contemporary Japanese Society; upper division course at UC Berkeley. | Sample Syllabus


  • Anthropology 2 – Introduction to Archaeology; lower division course at UC Berkeley. Introduction to the methods and practice of archaeology. | Sample Syllabus



  • Anthropology 229A – Archaeological Research Strategies: History and Theory of Archaeology; seminar at UC Berkeley. A required course that introduces scholars to the classic works and contemporary issues in archaeological thought. | Sample Syllabus


  • Anthropology 229B – Archaeological Research Strategies: Research Design and Methods; seminar at UC Berkeley. A required course on archaeological methods.


  • Anthropology 230 – Special Topics in Archaeology: Various; seminar at UC Berkeley.  Each year, contemporary issues in environmental archaeology and anthropology, hunter-gatherer studies and/or East Asian archaeology are chosen under the title of Special Topics in Archaeology. Sample Syllabus

URAP (Undergraduate Research Apprentices Program) Projects:


  •  Lifeways of Prehistoric Hunter-Gathers in Japan:
    At the East Asian Archaeology Laboratory, students of this URAP analyze artifacts and faunal/floral remains excavated from Jomon period sites in Japan. Jomon is the name of a prehistoric hunter-gatherer culture in Japan, which lasted from approximately 13000 to 2300 years ago. Unlike many other hunter-gatherer cultures, the Jomon culture is characterized by the production of pottery. It is also characterized by large settlements, various kinds of ceremonial features, and long-distance trade. Since the Jomon culture shares a number of characteristics with so-called “complex” hunter-gatherer cultures in various parts of the world (such as the cultures of native people in California and the Northwest Coast of North America), studies of the lifeways of the Jomon people have been attracting attentions of researchers in the broader field of hunter-gatherer archaeology.  Research apprentices will have an opportunity to receive hands-on training in the laboratory methods of pottery analysis, identification and quantification of faunal and floral remains (mainly fish bones and plant seeds), and map drafting.


  • Examination of Small Scale Food Production and Distribution Strategies:
    In this project, students have an opportunity to work on some of the food related issues faced by the contemporary society. As part of the umbrella project that examines the advantages of small scale food production and distribution mechanisms in terms of long-term sustainability, this URAP will explore re-localization of food production as a possible solution.
    In different parts of the world, quite a few number of urban farmers and homesteaders have attempted to bring food production and consumers together. While it has created alternative sources of food to some, there are great potentials as well as many unanswered questions. This project examines the possibility of transferring the practice of urban agriculture to a community that can barely support itself in terms of the very basic needs.


Meet some of Junko’s students.