MATSUGI Takehiko

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MATSUGI Takehiko
Okayama University
Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Job title
Doctor(Letters)(Osaka University)

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 2014
Professor, Research Division, National Museum of Japanese History
Apr 2010
Mar 2014
Professor, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Okayama University
Apr 2006
Mar 2010
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Okayama University
- Professor,Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences,Okayama University


Graduate School, Division of Letters, Osaka University
Faculty of Literature, Osaka University

Published Papers

Supernatural beings in prehistoric Europe and Japan
MATSUGI Takehiko
Quarterly of Archaeology   別冊27 124-130   Nov 2018   [Invited]
Regional structure of the Yamato Polity: An analysis focusing on small mounded tombs and settlements
MATSUGI Takehiko
(211) 271-306   Mar 2018   [Refereed]
Violence and warfare in prehistoric Japan
Tomoni Nakagawa, Hisashi Nakao, Kohei Tamura, Yui Arimatsu, Naoko Matsumoto and Takehiko Matsugi
8(1) 8-11   2017   [Refereed]
The largeness of keyhole-shaped burial mounds in Japan: Why did the grow so huge?
MATSUGI Takehiko
Quarterly of Archaeology   別冊22 122-130   Apr 2015   [Invited]
Violence in the prehistoric period of Japan: the spatio-temporal pattern of skeletal evidence for violence in the Jomon period
Biology Letters (Web)      Mar 2015   [Refereed]
State formation and military
MATSUGI Takehiko
9 64-78   Jun 2014   [Invited]
Social changes during the shift from the Yayoi period to the Kofun period from the viewpoints of population and settlement dynamics:the southern central region of Kibi and its surrounding areas
MATSUGI Takehiko
185 139-154   Feb 2014   [Refereed]
Problems and methods of cognitive archaeology
MATSUGI Takehiko
Quarterly of Archaeology   (122) 14-18   Jan 2013   [Invited]
The Yayoi culture in world history: environment,cognition and cultural transmission
MATSUGI Takehiko
Quarterly of Archaeological Studies   58(3) 37-50   Dec 2011   [Refereed][Invited]
Keyhole-shaped mounds viewing from evolutionaly archaeology
MATSUGI Takehiko
Quarterly of archaeology   (117) 60-64   Nov 2011   [Invited]
Settlements and social groups in the Yayoi period
MATSUGI Takehiko
8 3-16   Sep 2008   [Invited]
Human sociality and the evolution of artefacts
MATSUGI Takehiko
Biological Science   58(2) 96-102   Feb 2007   [Refereed][Invited]
Current studies on British stone chambers: A short introduction for comparative archaeology of burial
MATSUGI Takehiko
Quarterly of archaeological studies   53(2) 94-100   Sep 2006   [Refereed]
An evolutionary perspective on the transition from "chiefdom" to "state"
MATSUGI Takehiko
1-20   Mar 2005
An archaeological perspective on the emergence and continuance of warfare
MATSUGI Takehiko
Cultural diversities and comparative archaeology   225-232   Mar 2004   [Refereed]
Origins and development of sets of arrowheads depesited in late third and fourth century burial mounds : With reference to the Yukinoyama case
MATSUGI Takehiko
考察篇 351-384   Mar 1998
Towards a comprehensive explanation of warfare and social evolution in prehistoric Japan
MATSUGI Takehiko
Quarterly of Archaeological Studies   42(3) 33-47   Dec 1995   [Refereed][Invited]
Comments on recent reseach into weapons, armor and military organization during the Kofun period Japan (4th to 6th century AD)
MATSUGI Takehiko
Quarterly of Archaeological Studies   41(1) 94-104   Jun 1994   [Refereed]
Formation and development of arrowheads offered in early burial mounds
MATSUGI Takehiko
Quarterly of Archaeological Studies   37(4) 29-58   Mar 1991   [Refereed]


Yayoi culture in world history: Environment,cognition and cultural transmission
Quarterly of Archaeological Studies   58(3) 37-50   2011
Innovation of armor and weapons : hypothetical considerations on the formation of military organizations in early Kofun Period
Quarterly of archaeological studies   39(1) 58-84
Comments on Recent Research into Weapons, Armor, and Military Organization during the Kofun Period Japan
Quarterly of Archaeological Studies   41(1) 94-104
Chronological Studies of Sunshade-shaped Haniwas in Kibi Region
(16) 22-50
From violence to warfare : Yayoi-kofun transition in view of the style of conflicts
(72) 6-11

Books etc

Why is Japanese Kofun so huge? :Comparative archaeology of ancient monuments
MATSUGI Takehiko (Part:Editor)
National Museum of Japanese History   Nov 2018   ISBN:978-4-909293-07-7
Why do men fight? :Warfare in the view of archaeology
MATSUGI Takehiko
Chuo Koron Sha   Sep 2017   ISBN:978-4122064584
Jomon and Celt :Comparative archaeology of periphery
MATSUGI Takehiko
Chikuma Shobo   May 2017   ISBN:978-4480069610
Archaeology of Aesthetics
MATSUGI Takehiko
Shinchosha   Jan 2016   ISBN:978-4106037801
Unexcavated mounded tombs and emperor mausoleum
MATSUGI Takehiko
Shogakukan   May 2013   ISBN:978-4096263228
Archaeology of mind and intelligence
MATSUGI Takehiko (Part:Editor)
Yuzankaku   Jan 2013   ISBN:978-4639022572
Archaeological approach to military organization : A Critical review
State Formation in the Japanese Archipelago
An Anthropological Approach to Principal World Models   
The background of early state formation in prehistoric Japan
The appearance of Yamatai Kingdom and Queen Himiko   
From personal fights to systematic warfare -the development of military organization in prehistric Japan-
The early state formation in Japan   

Conference Activities & Talks

How did keyhole-shaped burial mounds emerge?
MATSUGI Takehiko
14 Oct 2018   
Development of chiefdoms and climate change in central Kibi area, prehistoric Japan
MATSUGI Takehiko
The 8th World Archaeological Congress   2 Sep 2016   
Social transformation in the Kofun period protohistoric Japan in the view of population change and burial practice
MATSUGI Takehiko
The 8th World Archaeological Congress   30 Aug 2016   
Warrioir ideology and political authority in Kofun period Japan
MATSUGI Takehiko
7th conference of Society for East Asian Archaeology   11 Jun 2016   
Development of metal working and the formation of political power in Japan
MATSUGI Takehiko
7 Nov 2015   
The relation of mounded tombs, settlements and residences in the Kofun period: reflecting social  changes?”Burial Mounds in Europe and Japan: Comparative and Contextual Perspectives [Invited]
MATSUGI Takehiko
6 Nov 2015   


Excavation of sikata site (6th)
Excavation of Tsushima-Okadai Site(9th)
Excavation of Tsushima-Okadai Site(10th)
Excavation of Tenguyama Tumulus (1-3rd.)
Historical research on war (]G0001[) -historical meanings of war-

Research Grants & Projects

Archaeological Study on Formation of Military systems and Ancient States
Study on Political Systems during Kofun Period (the 4th-6th century) in Japan
Study on Haniwas(Clay Objects in Kofun Period of Protohistoric Japan)
the mechanism of outbreakings of war