Who will succeed us? exploring the issue of Japan’s next generation of archaeologists
Katsuyuki Okamura, Osaka City Cultural Properties Association, Hideya Sakai, Nara University & Seiji Kobayashi, Nara University
Abstract: ‘The lack of a (well-trained) successor’ is one of the most serious issues in Japanese archaeology and heritage management. Despite multiple job posts, due to the retirement of senior heritage managers, the insufficient number of applications to fill the vacancies is becoming a serious problem across the heritage sector.
To help address this issue, the Japanese Archaeological Association and Nara University recently conducted general surveys of archaeological students and teachers at more than 60 universities, and the Ministry of Culture and concerned universities started to teach courses to prepare undergraduates for archaeological heritage management work. In this presentation we would also like to ask the audience if they have faced a similar issue, and if so, how they coped with it in their country or region.
Keywords: successors, archaeological heritage management, Japanese archaeology