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Archaeology of WWII in Japan

(this is an English version of former posted article on 18, May)
The Asahi Sinbun, a major newspaper in Japan, carries an article about the digital archive on Japan Air Raids during WWII.
This archive is projected by Cary Karacas, Assoc.Prof. of CUNY and Bret Fisk, author and translator living in Japan. Their contents are various and solid, including both English and Japanese documents, photographs, list of research articles and audio/ video records including voices of survivor from the largest Air Raid on Tokyo, 10, March, 1945.

And the reason why I am interested with this archive project is...
Archaeology of WWII in Japan_a0186568_23451441.jpgI have engaged in the excavation of Shimohara & Fujimi-cho sites for more than 4years. Sites are complex of prehistoric and Modern Age. There were once a part of Chofu Airfield which used by Imperial Japanese Army as a base of air defence of Tokyo. These pictures are a uncovered shelter for air fighter in the excavation, concrete basement and gravel approach. Also we have found many equipments of both Japanese Army and the Occupation Allied Forces.
Archaeology of WWII in Japan_a0186568_23233160.jpgWe excavated and analysed them with archaeological eyes and methods. Our results and conclusion would extend and review with correlation to historical studies. Of course we are archaeologists so we have done as what we are, but it is not at all. We must refer with another realm or discipline. And we must open our results for outside of our community.

Archaeology of WWII in Japan_a0186568_23234449.jpg

I think, digital archives on world wide web have so big potential to make great deal on inter-disciplinary studies. It is not only on Modern Age but also for prehistory. Sure, we cannot refer any historical documents in prehistory, but we can refer with geological, palaeo-environmental, palaeo-climatic studies and so on. In this sense, we must project to open our original materials and records instead of our archaeological stories.
We don't have an enough consensus on this issue in Japanese Archaeology for the moment, but in future...
by asiansophia | 2011-05-20 23:29 | Archaeology(English)