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Okayama University
Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Job title
Doctor of Literature(Kyushu University)

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

- Professor,Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences,Okayama University
 Visiting Scholar,Department of Archaeology, Reading University


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

Published Papers

Prehistoric Warfare in the Middle Phase of the Yayoi Period in Japan: Human Skeletal Remains and Demography
24(1-2) 10-29   Mar 2019   [Refereed]
Warfare among hunter-gatherer societies: Considering promoting/preventive factors of inter-group violence
Quarterly of Archaeological Studies   65(3) 22-36   Dec 2018   [Refereed][Invited]
The aim of this paper is to discuss the factors which promote or prevent warfare through an examination of current arguments over the origin of warfare and archaeological data. Warfare is a social behavior which develops on the basis of moral stan...
Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society B Biological Sciences   373(1754)    Sep 2018   [Refereed][Invited]
The aim of this paper is to propose a new insight on the changing burial practice by regarding it as a part of the cognitive system for maintaining complex social relationships. Development of concentrated burials and their transformation in Japan...
Open Archaeology   2018-4 206-216   May 2018   [Refereed][Invited]
The invention of lacquer technology is significant in history as the first evidence of the use of an organic substance in creating durable coloured objects. By focusing on the evidence from the Jomon Period, Japan, this article clarifies the natur...
The position of warfare in Human history
Naoko Matsumoto
2017年(6月) 162-174   2017
Naoko Matsumoto, Junko Habu and Akira Matsui
Handbook of East and Southeast Asian Archaeology   437-450   2017
Tomoni Nakagawa, Hisashi Nakao, Kohei Tamura, Yui Arimatsu, Naoko Matsumoto and Takehiko Matsugi
Letters on Evolutionary and Behavioral Science   8(1) 8-11   2017
Bird's eye view on the symbolic meaning of prehistoric personal ornaments and its change
Naoko Matsumoto
(2) 1-8   2016
Archaeological approach to the cognitive ability of Homo Sapiens and Neanderthals
Naoko Matsumoto
Homo Sapiens and Neanderthals 3: Replacement of people and culture   140-150   2015
Cultural change from the Jomon to Yayoi
Naoko Matsumoto
Homo Sapiens and Neanderthals 3: Replacement of people and culture   110-123   2015
Learning of Neanderthals and Homo Sapiens as seen from cognitive archaeology
Homo Sapiens and Neanderthals: Archaeological study on learning   123-134   2014
How art was born: an archaeological study
Naoko Matsumoto
13-16   2014
From Jomon to Yayoi: Movement of farmers and the birth of new culture
Naoko Matsumoto
142-154   2013
Analysis of the carbonized material inside a pottery excavated from Desakifunakoshi-minami Early Jomon site, Okayama prefecture
Naoko Matsumoto, Akiko Matsutani, Dai Kunikida, Kunio Yoshida
Kodai Kibi   25 57-69   2013
From the Jomon thought to the Yayoi thought
Naoko Matsumoto
27-64   2012
Cognitive approaches to the prehistory of the mind: Preliminary thoughts for animal symbolism and ancient states, jointly worked
Naoko Matsumoto, Takehiko Matsugi
Journal of Cultural Symbiosis Research   7 19-31   2012
Feminism and gender archaeology : its basic framework and current problems in Japanese archaeology
Hominids   (2) 3-24
X-ray fluorescense analysis of the Jomon pottery : for reconstructing the cha(]E86C9[)ne op(]E85EE[)ratoire of pottery production
Journal of the Society of Human History   (11) 285-291
Geographical clines in the degree of elaboration of the Late-Final Jomon pottery in Kyushu.
Kagoshima Archaeological Journal.   29 20-29
Outline of cognitive archaeology.
Hominids   1 3-19
Spatial variations in the color and thickness of prehistoric Jomon pottery of Japan : a case study of cognitive archaeology.
Quarterly of Archaeological Studies   42(4) 61-84
A study on the possible constraints on profile drawing direction in petroglyphs in North China.
Neimenggu Wenwu Kaogu   1(16) 91-96,104
Chronological changes in the shape and size of the chipped arrowheads from the Jomon to the Yayoi period.
Jourmal of the Society of Human History   10 171-180
Clay figurines from Mizutanoue, Shimane Pref. and Shinam-ri, Korea.
Journal of the Archaeological Society of Nippon   79(1) 99-107
Cognitive and social factors in the Jomon-Yayoi transition : Regional difference and changes in bead styles.
Journal of the Society of Human History   10 40-53


Cognitive evolution and material culture
Naoko Matsumoto
Archaeology Quartery   (122) 19-22   2013
Jomon people and Yayoi people
Naoko Matsumoto
196-206   2012
Life of hunting, fishing, and gathering.
History of Ogori City.   1 193-267
Archaeological of Han Period collected at the Tali castle ruins in Hohhot City, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
A Comparative Archaeological Study of Xinjiang and Kyushu on the"Silk Road"   140-149
Jomon pottery from Ogori.
Hikata-Mukaiazegaura Site, Archaeological Site Excavation Report in Ogori, no. 119   215-231
Book review of"Ancient Mind : elements of cognitive archaeology
Quartery of Archaeological Studies   42(1) 115-117
Book review of"Ancient Mind : elements of cognitive archaeology
Cognitive Studies : Bulletin of the Japanese Cognitive Science Society.   3(4) 141-143
Continuity and change : Toward a new interpretation of the Late-Final Jomon period
Perspectives in cognitive archaeology
Introducing a cognitive perspective to archaeology
Cognitive arhcaeological examination of the possible constraints on profile drawing direction.
X-ray fluorescence analyses of the Final Jomon pottery from Nakado site
Petroglyphs in Altay region.
A Comparative Archaeological Study of Xinjiang and Kyushu on the"Silk Road".   58-69
Cognitive archaeology : Rethinking the relationship between people, things and society
Japanese Archaeology for Beginners   69-98
"gender", "cognitive archaeology", "habitus"
Method and Theory in Current Archaeology   106-112;199-209;220-226
What do you see? A short essay on gender archaeology
Quarterly of Archaeological Studies   47(1) 114-115

Books etc

Frontier of Cognitive Archaeology
Forth and fifth excavation report of Igozori site in Houki, Tottori Prefecture
Research Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Letters, Okayama University   2013   
Evolution of the mind as seen in archaeological record
Asakura Publishing Co., Ltd.   2013   ISBN:9784254523041
Excavation Report of Nihonmatsu Kamigo Atomine Site, Tottori Prefecture
Research Deaprtment of Archaeology, Okayama University   2014   
Theory and Practice in Cognitive Archaeology : Socio-Cultural change from Jomon to Yayai

Conference Activities & Talks

Monument and Human Behaviour [Invited]
Why is Japanese Kofun so huge? : Comparative archaeology of ancient monuments   17 Nov 2018   
Warfare among hunter-gatherer societies: Considering promoting/preventive factors of inter-group violence [Invited]
22 Apr 2018   
Current Problems and Future Issues of Gender Representation in Japanese Museums: With Reference to archaeological displays at the National Museum of Japanese History
How is Gender Represented in Historical Exhibitions?   2017   
Violence in the prehistoric periods of Japan: The spatiotemporal pattern of skeletal evidence for violence in the Jomon and Yayoi period.
3rd Shanghai Archaeology Forum   2017   
Contribution of cognitive archaeology to the RNMH project
The 6th Annual Meeting of the RNMH Project   2014   
Cultural change from Jomon to Yayoi
RNMH Open Symposium, RNMH investigated from stone tool analysis   2013   
Cognitive archaeological approach to learning
RNMH Open Symposium, Homo Sapiens and Neanderthal 2: Archaeological Approach to Learning   2013   
How art was born: an archaeological examination
The 8th Annual Meeting of the RNMH Project   2013   
The formation process and current state of the academically isolated archaeology of Japan