Basic Biographical Information
Yoshiro Kondo left an enduring influence on Japanese archaeology through his Marxist-inspired approach to the study of the Yayoi (c. eighth/sixth century BCE to third century CE) and Kofun (meaning “mounded tomb”) (c. third century to sixth century CE) periods of Japan. He was born in Tochigi prefecture in 1925. His academic career started as an Assistant Professor at Okayama University. He was promoted to full Professor in 1972 and continued to work at Okayama University until his retirement in 1990. He passed away in 2009.
One of Yoshiro Kondo’s major accomplishments in archaeology was the construction of a sophisticated model of social evolution as part of the emergence of the state in Japan. This model was based on his analysis of excavations of settlements, production sites (including salt- and iron-making sites), cemeteries, and mounded tombs of the Yayoi and Kofun periods. Some of Yoshiro Kondo’s most important research draws...
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