Dr Mark Hudson

Postdoctoral Researcher
Archaeolinguistic Research Group
Department of Archaeology

Main Focus

Mark Hudson is an archaeologist whose research focuses on Neolithic and Bronze Age Northeast Asia, especially Japan. He is interested in archaeolinguistics, ancient globalisation, food, resilience, and violence.

Curriculum Vitae

Mark Hudson was educated at SOAS (BA, 1986), Cambridge (M.Phil., 1988) and the Australian National University (PhD, 1996). He taught archaeology and anthropology at Okayama, Tsukuba and West Kyushu universities from 1996 to 2015. From 2016-2017, he was Professor at the Mt Fuji World Heritage Centre, Shizuoka where he helped design the prize-winning exhibits on Mount Fuji. He has conducted archaeological fieldwork in Japan, Israel, Syria, the UK and Slovenia. Mark is a research associate of the Institut d’Asie Orientale, ENS de Lyon and a temporary lecturer at Ljubljana University where he co-supervises a PhD student.



Mark Hudson has written or co-edited five books and published more than 90 academic papers. He received the John Whitney Hall prize of the Association for Asian Studies for his monograph Ruins of Identity: Ethnogenesis in the Japanese Islands (University of Hawai‘i Press, 1999). He is co-editor of the book series Routledge Studies on Asia and the Anthropocene.

Recent publications (2019-2020):

Nakajima, T., HudsonM.J., Uchiyama, J., Makibayashi, K., Zhang, J. 2019. Common carp aquaculture in Neolithic China dates back 8000 years. Nature Ecology & Evolution 3: 1415-1418.

Hudson, M.J. 2019. Towards a prehistory of the Great Divergence: the Bronze Age roots of Japan’s premodern economy. Documenta Praehistorica 46: 30-43.

Hudson, M.J. 2019. Socio-ecological resilience and language dynamics: An adaptive cycle 

model of long-term language change. Journal of Language Evolution 4: 19-27.

Fibiger, L., Hudson, M.J., Trundle, M. 2020. Introduction to Volume 1. In Fagan, G., Fibiger, L., Hudson, M.J., Trundle, M. (eds.), The Cambridge World History of Violence, Vol. 1: The Prehistoric and Ancient Worlds, pp. 19-36. Cambridge University Press. 

HudsonM.J., Schulting, R., Gilaizeau, L. 2020. The origins of violence and warfare in the 

Japanese Islands. In Fagan, G., Fibiger, L., Hudson, M.J., Trundle, M. (eds.), The Cambridge World History of Violence, Vol. 1: The Prehistoric and Ancient Worlds, pp. 160-177. Cambridge University Press. 

Hudson, M.J., Nakagome, S., Whitman, J. 2020. The evolving Japanese: the dual structure hypothesis at 30. Evolutionary Human Sciences. 2: e6.

Li, T., Ning, C., Zhushchikhovskaya, I.S., Hudson, M.J., Robbeets, M. 2020. Millet agriculture dispersed from Northeast China to the Russian Far East: integrating archaeology, genetics and linguistics. Archaeological Research in Asia 22: e100177. 

Nelson, S., Zhushchikhovskaya, I.S., Li, T., Hudson, M.J., Robbeets, M. 2020. Tracing population movements in ancient East Asia through the linguistics and archaeology of textile production. Evolutionary Human Sciences 2: e5.

Hudson, M.J. (in press) Language dispersals and the ‘secondary peoples’ revolution’: a historical anthropology of the Transeurasian unity. In Robbeets, M. and Savelyev, A. (eds.), The Oxford Guide to the Transeurasian Languages, pp. 806-813. Oxford University Press. 

Hudson, M.J. (in press) Slouching toward the Neolithic: Complexity, simplification and resilience in the Japanese archipelago. In Schug, G. (ed.), Routledge Handbook of the Bioarchaeology of Environmental Change. Routledge.

Research Projects

  • Eurasia3angle
  • IsoMemo

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