Academic Conference Held under Paleoenvironmental Studies from Multiple Points of View
- Gyeongju National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage /
Feb. 24 (Wed) / Youtube Live Streaming -
Gyeongju National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage (Director Lee Jong-hun), an institution subordinate to the Cultural Heritage Administration, presents an academic conference titled “Paleoenvironmental Studies from Multiple Points of View” on February 24 at 09:30.
Held as a follow-up to the event in 2018, “A Study on the Reconstruction of the Paleoenvironment at Wolseong”, this conference focuses on the achievements made in the paleoenvironmental investigations and research that were conducted at the main archaeological sites of the capital of Silla, such as Wolsong. The conference is aimed to present a comprehensive understanding of the accomplishments attained through the integration of academic achievements made in a variety of disciplines.
The conference will focus on three main themes. The three main themes are: ▲ The environment inherited by us from the past, ▲ Traces of humanity left on the environment, and ▲ Evidences of change remaining on human bones and archaeological remains. It consists of one keynote speech and eight research presentations. After the presentation, a comprehensive discussion will be held withProfessor Kwon Oh-young of Seoul National University as the head of the conference to conduct appropriate discussions and reviews.
In the keynote lecture, Tree in Time and Space, the speaker, Professor Gong U-seok (Department of Geography, Kyung Hee University), deals with the geographical distribution and the relationship between humans and plants, as well as its impact on climate as seen from the viewpoint of a phytogeographer. The lecture is expected to provide a wider view for an integrated understanding of the present, history, and the environment.
The main part of the conference starts with three presentations, focused on “the environment of the past.” The first presentation, given by An So-hyeon (Gyeongju National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage), deals with ▲ The history of vegetation and the cultural landscape of the ancient capital city of Silla, based on the pollen analysis results. It will be followed by the presentation, given by Kim Jeong-yun (Korea Social Science Institute), focusing on the aspects of water use for the moat of Wolseong, ▲ The significance of the studies on the diatom analysis for the restoration of the ancient hydrological environment surrounding the moat of the ancient Silla capital. The third presentation, delivered by Choi Jun-gyu (Gyeongju National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage), provides the achievements of his study on ▲ The changes to the hydrological environment of the ancient royal capital of Silla, and the moat enclosing the walled palace of Wolseong, studied on the basis of GIS and sediment analysis.
Presentations in the second session consist of research on wooden structures, plant seeds and animal bones to find “the traces left on the environment.” The first presentation of the session is delivered by Nam Tae-gwang (Gyeongju National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage) under the title, ▲ “A study on the wooden structures at the moat of Wolseong.” The following presentations, given by Heo Gyeong-hwa and An So-hyeon (Gyeongju National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage) and Chae In-hwan and Lee Ha-yan (National Baekdudaegan Arboretum), deals with the significance of the plants as samples that were excavated at archaeological sites. This joint research is highly regarded for the collaboration between the Gyeongju National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and the National Baekdudaegan Arboretum. The last presentation of the session is given by Kim Heon-seok (Gyeongju National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage), whose research deals with the livestock husbandry viewed from dietary analysis.
The third session, where presentations focus on “humans and archaeological sites,” starts with ▲ A re-examination of the skeletal remains that were discovered at the moat of Wolseong, conducted by Ha Dae-ryong (Seoul National University), based on the report issued in 1990. The session ends with a presentation by Jang Gi-myeong (Gyeongju National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage), where he tries to find ▲ The contact point between the research of the moat of Wolseong and paleoenvironmental studies, asserting the importance of on-site collaboration between archaeological excavations and paleoenvironmental studies.
This academic conference is only open to a small audience, selected through a pre-arranged screening, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event is, however, available through live YouTube streaming offered by the Gyeongju National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage. For further information, please contact the institute at ☎054-777-6390.
* YouTube channel of the Gyeongju National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage (real-time streaming) https://youtu.be/CtajB-Cf6NA
* Advance application: Phone 054-777-6388, or e-mail to email@example.com
The Gyeongju National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage expects this academic conference to contribute to the promotion of paleoenvironmental studies for the activities at the archaeological sites. The institute will continue to cooperate closely with the related academic circles, through research support, sharing of resources, and organization of academic events.
Division: Gyeongju National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage
Contact: Park Seong-jin, Research Officer (054-777-8805), or Choi Moon-jeong, Researcher (054-777-6390)