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Cultural Heritage ManagementA Global Perspective$
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Phyllis Mauch Messenger and George S. Smith

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034607

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034607.001.0001

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Archaeological Heritage Management in Japan

Archaeological Heritage Management in Japan

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Cultural Heritage Management

Katsuyuki Okamura

Akira Matsuda

University Press of Florida

Archaeological heritage management (AHM) in Japan dates back to the second half of the nineteenth century, when several national laws were established to protect cultural heritage, including archaeological heritage. This system, which has been in operation since the 1960s, is today faced with a new challenge posed by the growing pressure for privatizing rescue excavations. This chapter firstly outlines the development of AHM in Japan after World War II; secondly it illustrates several characteristics of the relationship between archaeology and the Japanese public; thirdly it explains current challenges facing it; and finally it discusses the prospects for the future. This chapter concludes that AHM in Japan is in dire need of “sturdy” archaeologists who can deal with the difficult archaeological demands of the present times.

Keywords:   archaeological heritage management, cultural heritage, nineteenth century, Japan, privatization, archaeologists

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