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Ancient Ryukyu: An Archaeological Study of Island Communities

Richard Pearson


Who are the people of the Ryukyu Islands? How could they survive and prosper on small, isolated islands? How did the independent Ryukyu Kingdom become a major player in East Asian medieval trade? This book explores 30,000 years of human occupation in the Ryukyu Islands, from the earliest human presence in the region up to AD 1609 and the emergence of the Ryukyu Kingdom. It focuses on the unique geopolitical position of the islands, their environment, and the many human communities whose historical activities can be discerned. The book describes explorers and sojourners and colonists who arrive ... More

Keywords: Ryukyu Islands, East Asia, medieval trade, Ryukyu Kingdom, Japan, Korea, and China, Ryukyu archaeology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780824837129
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824837129.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Pearson, author
University of British Columbia