ANT414H5F - Japan Group

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The Course: ANT414H5F

The examination of plant remains from archaeological sites addresses many issues, some of which include environmental interaction, plant domestication, and early plant use. Students will learn plant remains identification and interpretation skills through a combination of laboratory and seminar sessions. [12L, 24P]

Prerequisite: (ANT200H5, ANT201H5), (ANT312H5 / ANT318H5) or P.I.
Limited Enrolment 

The Trip: Japan Fall Reading Week

During the fall reading week travel with Professor Gary Crawford and a small group of students to Hokkaido. Visit the Sakshu Kotoni Gawa and other archaeological sites. Learn about heritage management and the world of aracheological practice in Japan. We will also learn about the natural history of Hokkaido. A visit to an Ainu community will cap our visit.

Expected Travel Dates: Thursday October 10, 2019 - Sunday October 20, 2019

Why Participate

  • ­­Develop anthropological research skills;
  • Contribute to transformational research;
  • Add international experience to your resume; 
  • ­­Establish connections with fellow students and your professor.


Estimated cost of International Component 2019-2020: CAD $3700-$4000

*The amount posted is currently under review by the University Business Board. Approved amounts will be confirmed in March 2019. 

What is Included: Flights, transportation, accommodation, meals and in-country activities associated with the course. Funding Available!

What is NOT Included: Course fees, fees associated with travel insurance, trip cancellation insurance, additional optional tours/activities while abroad, visa applications, medical exams, vaccinations, and any other additional costs.

Funding 2019-2020

  • This experience is offered with the generous support of the Office of the Dean, which means; bursaries will be awarded based on demonstrated financial need (not linked to OSAP) as shown in your funding request in your UTM Abroad application.
  • Read more about funding here!

Important Dates

The most up-to-date information will always be sent via email. See below for session dates, payment dates and form submission dates.

To submit forms and/or payments use the links below:

The Payment System (payments)

The UTM Abroad Portal (forms)



Due with Application

First Instalment - $250               

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Second Instalment Due - $950

Post-Acceptance Form Due
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 Third Instalment Due - $950
Tuesday, Sept 17, 2019,
   3pm - 4pm (during tutorial)
Orientation Session

Tuesday, Sept 24, 2019

Fourth Instalment Due - $950

Pre-Departure Form Due
Tuesday, October 1, 2019,
   3pm - 4pm (during tutorial)
Pre-Departure Session
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 Fifth Instalment Due - TBD
Thursday, October 10 –
   Sunday, October 20
Travel Dates
Tuesday, October 29, 2019,
   3pm - 4pm (during tutorial)
Post-Trip Session
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 Post-Trip Survey

Sample Itinerary

The itinerary is subject to change based on availability and requirements of the program.

Location: Sapporo with Day Trips to Surrounding Cities 

Accommodation: APA Hotel Sapporo Susukine-Ekimae 

Transportation: Private shuttles/taxi/buses 

Meals: Local restaurants 

Day(s): 1-3 

General Summary:  

The trip will begin in the gorgeous city of Sapporo, Japan where students will tour through the downtown core, visit the former Hokkaido Government Building, and explore Hokkaido University Botanical Gardens. There will then be the opportunity to interact and learn about Japanese Archaeological practices at the Sapporo Centre for Rescue Archaeology. The day will end with a trip to the Mt. Miowa Observatory, which boasts some of the most spectacular nighttime views of the Ishikari Plains. The next day will give students the time to explore the history of Hokkaido at the Hokkaido Museum and the chance to learn about the lives of individuals in the Neiji and early Showa eras while exploring the Historical Village of Hokkaido

Day(s): 4-7 

General Summary:  

There will be a full day of learning at Hokkaido University with lectures from a number of professors and researchers. Additional time will be spent in the Hokkaido University Museum, doing a campus tour, and viewing the research facilities at the Hokkaido University Centre for Rescue Archaeology. Later on, students will have the opportunity to explore Odori Park, a sprawling urban park that divides the city into north and south, and the day will end at the famous Sapporo TV Tower landmark. The next day students will embark on a day trip to experience Yoichi Town and Otaru City. Students will visit the Yoichi Town Museum and the Otaru City Museum & Canal Plaza. Time will be spent at the historically significant Oshoro Jomon Stone Circle and then at the Fugoppe Cave Site. Students will visit the Kiusu Cirucular Earthworks and spend time learning with students from Hokkaido University at the Eniwa City Museum

Day(s): 8-10 

General Summary:  

The last few days of the trip will have students focus their learning on the Ainu community with trips to the Shigeru Kayano Nibutani Ainu Museum and the Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum. Students will get to meet with an Ainu elder and view works of art and woodcarving from Toru Kaizawa’a Atelier. Students will visit the Sapporo Communication Centre for Ainu Culture where the opportunity to engage in hands on learning will teach them about the history and culture of the Ainu people. The group will visit the Historical Museum of Saru River, the Nopporo Forest Visitor Centre and finish off their exploration of Japan with a visit to the Hokkaido Center for Rescue Archaeology. 

Need To Know

  • The cost and itinerary are subject to change.
  • Students must be enrolled in ANT414H5 and will be required to abide by the corresponding UTM Abroad application requirements and deadlines to participate in the international experience.
  • Payments can be made over five installments. Fees must be paid in full by the required deadlines.
  • To prepare for the trip, students attending will participate in a mandatory pre-departure and safety abroad session during the month of September.