International Symposium and Workshops: Insights Into Human History in the Eurasian Stone Age

Recent archaeological, palaeoanthropological and genetic studies indicate that two archaic humans (Neanderthals and Denisovans) lived in Central Asia after c. 130,000 years ago, and anatomically modern humans (Homo sapiens) also migrated to this region at c. 48,000 years ago.

Although Neanderthals and Denisovans were genetically and culturally close to modern humans, they went extinct after the arrival of modern humans. In contrast, modern humans stably increased their population size and further migrated to the American continent. It is little known why modern humans were able to increase their population size, while the other human species went extinct.

In this series of international symposium and workshops, world-class experts who have contributed to the topics and are doing cutting-edge research and studies will discuss recent advances in archaeology, palaeoanthropology and genetics, and also provide insights into human history in the Eurasian Stone Age.

For the full list of invited speakers and the schedule, please visit:

International Symposium:

Insights Into Human History in the Eurasian Stone Age
Dates and time:

  • September 27 (Mon), 1 - 6:50 p.m.
  • September 28 (Tues), 8:50 a.m. - 6:40 p.m.
  • September 28 (Wed), 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Poster Session 4:30 - 6 p.m.)

#1: Emergence of Regional Diversity of Northeast Asia

  • September 30 (Fri), 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

#2: Recovering Ancient Remains and Reconstructing Past

  • October 4 (Tue), 1:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Onsite: TOKYO ELECTRON House of Creativity 3F, Lecture Theater, Katahira Campus, Tohoku University (map)
Online: Via Zoom, hosted by Tohoku Forum for Creativity
Capacity: 50 people (onsite) / 500 people (online)
Language: English

To Participate:

These events are part of the Tohoku Forum for Creativity's thematic program on the topic of "Insights Into Human History in the Eurasian Stone Age: Recent Developments in Archaeology, Palaeoanthropology and Genetics."


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