Hirofumi Kato


Hirofumi Kato is an Associate Professor of the Center for Ainu and Indigenous Studies at Hokkaido University. He specializes in the Indigenous Ainu of northern Japan. He is the co-ordinator of Hokkaido University's Ainu Ethnohistory and Indigenous Archaeology Project, as well as its Indigenous Education Program. His extensive work in Siberia on topics such as technology, cultural transitions, and migrations make him a perfect fit with the Baikal-Hokkaido Archaeology Project. He will be acting as the regional coordinator in Hokkaido and overseeing Rebun excavations and field schools. He will conduct preliminary examinations of the excavated materials; perform archaeometric pottery studies; look at pottery sequences in the broader context of Northeast Asia focusing on manufacturing, usage, and sharing; and investigate culture change and transmission.

Email: h-kato@let.hokudai.ac.jp

Phone: +81-11-706-4050

Fax: +81-11-706-4050

Website: http://www.cais.hokudai.ac.jp/en/index.html

Hokkaido University
Department of Northern Cultural Studies
Kita 10 Nishi 7 Sapporo


Okada M. and Kato H. (eds.) 2014. Indigenous Heritage and Tourism: Theories and Practices on Utilizing the Ainu Heritage. Center for Ainu and Indigenous Studies, Hokkaido University, Sapporo.

Kato H. 2014. Koukogaku shiryo kara Minzoku wa dou egakeruka (How can we describe the Ethnic group based on Archaeological resources), In: Koukogaku Kenkyukai 60 shunen Kinenshi Koukogaku kenkyu 60 no Ronten (The 60thAnniversary of the foundation of Society of Archaeological Studies: the 60 issues for Archaeological Studies), Kokogaku Kenkyukai (Society of Archaeological Studies), pp. 93-94. Okayama, JAPAN.

Kato H and Suzuki K. (eds.) 2013. Atarashii Ainushi no Kochiku: Sensh-heni, Kodai-hen, Chusei-hen" (Construction of New Ainu History: Prehistoric, Ancient and Medieval periods), Hokkaido Daigaku, Ainu-Senjyumin Kenkyu Sentaa (Center for Ainu & Indigenous Studies, Hokkaido University), 221 pages, Sapporo, JAPAN.

Kato H. 2013. The Hokkaido sequence and the archaeology of the Ainu people. In: C. Smith ed. The Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, Springer, New -York, DOI 10.1007/978-1-4419-0465-2.

Weber AW, Jordan P and Kato H. 2013. Environmental change and cultural dynamics of Holocene hunter-gatherers in Northeast Asia: Comparative analyses and research potentials in Cis-Baikal (Siberia) and Hokkaido (Japan). Quaternary International, Special Issue, Vol. 290-291: 3-20.

Bakail Hokkaido archaeology project