Yuko Kanezaki

Assistant Professor, The University Museum, The University of Tokyo *Profile is at the time of the award.

2023Inamori Research GrantsHumanities & Sociology

Research topics
Fundamental Study for Sustainable Development in the South American Amazon: Based on Archaeological and Paleoclimatic Approaches
This study aims to uncover the long-term relationship between humans and the tropical Amazon forest by employing an interdisciplinary approach that combines archaeology and paleoclimatology. The most significant challenge of this research lies in excavating lake sediments to identify "varves," which are similar to tree rings, with each stratum representing one year. By analyzing these varves, we will be able to reconstruct the paleoenvironment with unparalleled accuracy. Integrating the examination of varves with archaeological investigations in the surrounding area allows us to elucidate the relationship between humans and tropical forests with exceptional precision. Furthermore, this research seeks to collect data that will serve as the foundation for fostering a more sustainable and harmonious relationship between humans and the tropical Amazon forest.


My research site is situated deep within the Amazon forest, beyond the Andes Mountains, on the other side of the Earth. Although reaching this location presents a significant challenge, its remoteness is home to a wealth of undiscovered wonders. I am excited to embark on this adventure and look forward to sharing new discoveries with you all!

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