SOAS University of London

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

Professor Gina Barnes

MA (Cantab), MA, PhD (Michigan), BSc (Open Univ.), Prof. Em. (Durham), FGS (Fellow of the Geological Society of London)
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Gina Barnes
Department of History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Professorial Research Associate & Senior Teaching Fellow

SOAS Japan Research Centre (JRC)

Emeritus 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 then 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 (SEAA) in 1996. She served as first President (1996-1998), Treasurer & Membership Secretary (2004-2012), and organized the first two SEAA Worldwide Conferences in Honolulu (1996) and Durham (2000). Now officially retired as Professor Emeritus of Durham University, she is a SOAS Professorial Research Associate, 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").


She is Professorial Research Associate in the Department of History of Art & Archaeology and the Japan Research Centre. Her publications include five single-authored books: Protohistoric Yamato (U. Michigan, 1988); The Rise of Civilization in East Asia (Thames & Hudson, 1993/1999); State Formation in Korea (Curzon, 2001); State Formation in Japan (Routledge, 2007); and the Archaeology of East Asia (Oxbow, 2015). Her latest book TephroArchaeology in the North Pacific was co-edited with T. Soda (Archaeopress, 2019). Her publications can be found at


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