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Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Professor Gina Barnes

MA (Cantab), MA, PhD (Michigan)


Gina Barnes
Department of the History of Art and Archaeology

Professorial Research Associate

School of Arts

Professorial Research Associate

Japan Research Centre (JRC)

Professorial Research Associate

Professor Gina Barnes
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Gina Barnes, a California native raised in Colorado, has spent her working life in England, finishing her Ph.D. on Japanese state formation for the University of Michigan (1983) while teaching East Asian archaeology as Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge (1981-85). She worked briefly at the University of Leiden (1986), where she expanded her interests in Korean state formation, then returned to St. John's College, Cambridge, as a Senior Researcher (1987-95). In 1996, she took up the post of Professor of Japanese Studies at Durham University, from which she retired as Emeritus Professor in 2006 and collected a BSc in Geosciences (Geology) from the Open University in 2012. She founded the East Asian Archaeology Network in 1990, which became the Society for East Asian Archaeology in 1996. She served as first President (1996-1998), Treasurer & Membership Secretary (2004-2012), and organized the first to SEAA Worldwide Conferences in Honolulu (1996) and Durham (2000). Now officially retired, she is affiliated with the SOAS Japan Research Centre as well as the Department of History of Art & Archaeology, teaching in the Diploma in Asian Art and occasionally substituting for lecturers on leave.


Prof. Barnes routinely teaches the archaeology of Japan and Korea in the Diploma of Asian Art. Periodically, she also substitute teaches for staff on leave (2006 "The Silk Road", 2012-13 "Archaeology of Ancient China").


Her research connections are now primarily with the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, where she is Professorial Research Associate in the Department of Art & Archaeology and the Japan Research Centre. Her publications include four single-authored books: Protohistoric Yamato: archaeology of the first Japanese state (U. Michigan, 1988); The Rise of Civilization in East Asia: archaeology of China, Korea, and Japan (Thames & Hudson, 1993/1999); State Formation in Korea: historical and archaeological perspectives (Curzon, 2001); and State Formation in Japan: emergence of a 4th-century elite (Routledge, 2007). Her newly re-written volume on the Archaeology of East Asia, has now been published by Oxbow Books (2015).


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