Dr Shinya Shoda
Honorary Visiting Fellow

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Shinya Shoda is a senior researcher at the Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Japan. From 2014 to 2016, he was based in BioArCh in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York as a Marie Curie Incoming Fellow. During his contract, he trained to expertise in pottery lipid residue analysis and stable isotope analysis which he is now applying broadly to East Asian materials.
He completed his Ph.D. at Chungnam University in Korea in 2007 after his BA, MA and the first stages of the Ph.D. in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Tokyo, Japan. After a post-doctoral position in the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences at the University of Tokyo, he became a researcher at the Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, and was promoted to a senior researcher in 2017. He is currently engaged in excavations of the ancient palace site and research on organic and metallurgical remains.
In addition, Shinya is a partner in several international collaborative projects that further cultural comparative research on northeast Asia and, more recently, northwest Europe. He also collaborates with a number of natural scientists to develop archaeological scientific studies on northeast Asia. Through these collaborations and his own studies, he is also studying how archaeological thoughts can be transformed by the introduction of new natural scientific methods.



Shinya's research covers a variety of topics, but his main interests include redating the beginning of agriculture and metallurgy in northeast Asia; pottery, metal and lithic technology; and innovations in diet and cooking technology.
His previous project named “PONTE: bridging expertise across the continent”, ran from September 2014 in BioArCh, University of York, and dealt with the beginning and early development of pottery in East Asia, using lipid and stable isotope analysis for pottery residue.
Now back in Japan, he is conducting two JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) funded research projects, EXPRESSO; EXploring PotteRy usE acroSS the JOmon-Yayoi transition (2017-2020) and ArCh-DJ; Identifying Archaeo-Chemical evidence for Dairy production in ancient Japan (2017-18).

External activities


Japanese Archaeological Association (2008–present)

Japan Society for Scientific Studies on Cultural Properties (2008–present)

Japanese Association of Historical Botany (2007–present)

The Japanese Society for the History of Brewing (2007-present)

The Korean Archaeological Society (2004-present)

Korean Neolithic Research Society (2007-present)

World Archaeological Congress (2006–present)

Editorial duties

Field Archaeology (Korea Cultural Properties Investigation & Research Institute Association)

Journal of Korean Bronze Culture (Society for Korean Bronze Culture)


Contact details

Dr Shinya Shoda


Selected publications

Pottery use by early Holocene hunter-gatherers of the Korean peninsula closely linked with the exploitation of marine resources
Shinya Shoda, Alexandre Lucquin, Jae-ho Ahn, Chul-joo Hwang, Oliver E. Craig
Quaternary Science Reviews 170 164-173, 2017

First molecular and isotopic evidence of millet processing in prehistoric pottery vessels
Heron, Carl; Shoda, Shinya; Breu Barcons, Adrià; Czebreszuk, Janusz; Eley, Yvette; Gorton, Marise; Kirleis, Wiebke; Kneisel, Jutta; Lucquin, Alexandre; Müller, Johannes; Nishida, Yastami; Son, Joon-Ho; Craig, Oliver E
Scientific Reports 6 38767, 2016

Rice varieties in archaic East Asia: reduction of its diversity from past to present times
Masahiko Kumagai, Masaaki Kanehara, Shinya Shoda, Saburo Fujita, Shizuo Onuki, Shintaroh Ueda and Li Wang
Molecular Biology and Evolution 33(10) 2496-2505, 2016

Ancient lipids document continuity in the use of early hunter–gatherer pottery through 9,000 years of Japanese prehistory
Alexandre Lucquin, Kevin Gibbs, Junzo Uchiyama, Hayley Saul, Mayumi Ajimotod, Yvette Eley, Anita Radini, Carl P. Heron, Shinya Shoda, Yastami Nishida, Jasmine Lundy, Peter Jordan, Sven Isaksson, and Oliver E. Craig
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113 (15) 3991-3996, 2016

Radiocarbon and Archaeology in Japan and Korea: What has changed because of the Yayoi dating controversy?
Shinya Shoda
Radiocarbon 52(2-3) 421-427,  2010