Graduate Students in the East Asian Archaeology Lab

Scott Lyons

Scott is a PhD candidate in anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a BA in archaeology and Japanese language and literature from Washington University in St. Louis and an MA in archaeology from Kyoto University. His work on protohistoric archaeology in the Japanese archipelago has included metrology of palace architecture and the forms and distribution of knives in elite tombs. His dissertation research is driven by scientific analysis of legacy materials excavated over the last thirty years and focuses on the interplay between the technical practices of ironworkers and their local forest landscape on the fifth and sixth century Osaka Plain. His broader research interests include historical ecology, archaeometallurgy, landscape archaeology, experimental archaeology, and the anthropology of technology. He can be reached at


Anna Nielsen

Linked-InArchaeology Ph.D. student at the University of California, Berkeley. Anna received her BA in Anthropology at Brigham Young University, where she worked in the Near East with the BYU Wadi Mataha Project, examining Nabataean mortuary practices and the monumental façade tombs of Petra, Jordan. After completing her undergraduate studies, she came to Berkeley to begin her doctoral research, shifting focus from mortuary archaeology to examining questions of environment, landscape, and sustainability, particularly those pertaining to water management, in Japan’s Kofun period. She spends as much time as possible in Japan with the aim of building stronger connections between UC Berkeley and Japanese institutions to facilitate more international, interdisciplinary research. Her research interests include resilience and sustainability, GIS analysis, state formation processes, and disaster archaeology. She can be reached at: 


Sandra Oseguera Sotomayor

Anthropology PhD Candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, and UC Mexus-CONACYT Doctoral fellow. Sandra obtained her BA in Latin American Studies at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), an MA in Latin American Studies at Stanford University, and an MA in Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her doctoral research focuses on the study of long-term human-environmental interactions. Using a mix of archaeological methods and ethnographic techniques, Sandra’s research looks at traditional ecological and agricultural knowledge of the Zapotec people in Oaxaca, Mexico to learn about sustainable-resilient landscape management practices and food sovereignty. Other research interests are Agroecology, indigenous knowledge, and decoloniality.  Sandra is currently a research assistant and collaborator in the “Agroecology, Sustainable Food Production and Landscape Conservation: International Collaborations between Japan and the Americas” project funded by the Sumitomo Foundation through the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN) in Kyoto, Japan. Sandra is also participating in professor Junko Habu’s ongoing Goshono Archaeological site project as the archaeobotany assistant and URAP mentor. For more information:

サンドラ・オセゲラ:カリフォルニア大学バークレー校人類学科博士課程在籍中。 メキシコ政府によるUCMexus-CONACYT 博士奨学生 (UC Institute for Mexico & the US-National Council for Science & Technology Doctoral Fellow)。メキシコ国立自治大学学士(ラテンアメリカ研究)、スタンフォード大学修士。博士論文では、考古学と民族誌データの両者を用いて、メキシコのオアハカにおけるサポテカ民族の在来知・農業知の研究を行い、その成果に基づいて持続可能でレジリエントな景観管理と食料主権の確立を目ざす。主な研究テーマは、アグロエコロジー、先住民族による環境運動、脱植民地化。2019年夏には、カリフォルニア大学日本研究センターの支援により、岩手県二戸市御所野遺跡にて羽生淳子教授のプロジェクトに参加した。東アジア考古学研究室の院生スーパーバイザーとして学部生の管理・サポートを務め、土壌サンプルの分析から繩文時代の長期的な生業の変化についての植物考古学的検討に携わっている。

Emanuele Guglielmini

First year archaeology Ph.D student at the University of California, Berkeley. Emanuele received his BA in Archaeology and Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester and a Postgraduate Certificate in Paleobiology at the University of Bristol. After completing a semester of study in Kyoto in 2018, he decided to pursue archaeology at the graduate level with a focus on Japanese Prehistory. His research interests include the study of human-environment relations, particularly as they intersect with subsistence systems and practices around food over time. He would like to explore these thematic areas further through the lens of historical ecology and practice theory, with an eye on the implications for sustainable modern food practices. He can be reached at


Joel Thielen

Joel Thielen is a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Art Department at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a BA in Biology from Colorado College and an MA in Art History from UC Berkeley. Joel’s research, situated within the emergent field of eco art history, engages with the art, architecture, and craft objects of modern Japan in order to explore relationships between local ecologies, cultural heritage, and national identity. His dissertation focuses on the lacquer tree landscapes of the Appi River region in Iwate Prefecture—a critical center of modern Japanese lacquer production—and its modern material linkages to craft and architectural traditions of national significance such as Wajima lacquerware and the lacquered architecture of Nikkō Tōshōgū. More broadly, Joel is interested in bringing the theoretical, methodological, and interdisciplinary propositions of historical ecology to the study of art, architecture and craft objects made of materials derived from specific forested landscapes in Japan. Currently enrolled in the Inter-University Center for Japanese Studies 10-Month Program as a Nippon Foundation Fellow, Joel will begin dissertation field research in Iwate beginning in June 2021. Please contact Joel at

ジョエル・ティーレン:カリフォルニア大学バークレー校美術史研究科博士課程在籍中。コロラドカレッジ学士(生物)、カリフォルニア大学バークレー校美術史研究科修士号(美術史)。現在、日本財団フェローとしてアメリカ・カナダ大学連合日本研究センター在籍。専門は環境批評美術史(eco art history)。環境批評美術史は美術史の中でも比較的新しいサブフィールドで、人間中心の美術史から離れて生態系や景観との関係性の中から美術を位置づけることを特徴とする。これに加え理論的背景として歴史生態学を取り入れながら、近代日本美術・建築・工芸を題材に、森林のある景観の生態系、文化遺産、国家アイデンティティーの関係について考察することに関心をおいている。博士論文では、現在日本国産漆の約8割を生産する岩手県安比川流域と日光東照宮陽明門・輪島塗を対象とする。漆の木から漆による建築物・工芸・芸術作品まで分析することで、ある地域の生態学的・文化的景観から国家アイデンティティーの生成過程を研究している。2021年6月から岩手県で博士論文のフィールドワークを行う予定。連絡先:

Past Student: Kazuyo Nishihara

(Visiting Student from Kyoto Univ., Sept. 2019-July 2021)

Archaeology Ph.D student at Kyoto University. She was a Visiting Student at the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley from September 2019 to July 2021. Kazuyo conducts archaeological research in Japan and China. Since 2011, she has participated in excavations and laboratory analysis of the archaeological sites dated primarily to the Neolithic era. Her main research interest is in human-environmental interaction from a long-term perspective. Focusing on basketry from archaeological and ethnographical viewpoints, she aims to incorporate ethnographical records, folklore material collections, and traditional ecological knowledge in her archaeological interpretations. She is working her dissertation project on hunter-gather subsistence and land management strategies with a focus on the use of plant resources in the Neolithic era. Outreach activities are also her passion: she has engaged in workshops and lectures to bridge the gap between local communities and researchers back in Japan.  

西原和代 (2019年9月~2021年7月):京都大学大学院文学研究科博士後期課程在籍中。専門は考古学、とくに日本考古学、環境考古学、植物を素材とした道具の物質文化研究。京都大学学士、京都大学文学研究科考古学専修修士(文学)、日本学術振興会特別研究員を経て、2019年7月~2021年7月までカリフォルニア大学バークレー校人類学科学生研究員として留学。2021年9月より、奈良文化財研究所企画調整部国際遺跡研究室にてアソシエイトフェロー。植物を素材とした道具と物質文化、人間社会と環境の関わり、在来知の活用に興味をもち、修士課程以降は遺跡出土・民俗資料両方のバスケットを研究対象に据え、縄文時代から人間がどのように周りの環境を手入れし、また適応してきたかを検討している。2011年以降日本と中国で新石器時代の遺跡を中心に遺跡発掘および植物質遺物の分析作業に取り組んできたが、カリフォルニアでは日本と北米のバスケットについて比較検討を試みている。研究室の外では地元コミュニティへのアウトリーチ活動にも取り組み、京都周辺では他の若手研究者と組んで出張講義やワークショップなども行ってきた。Link :