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Yasushi Nishimura

Yasushi Nishimura (*1942) studied archaeology and started his career in 1969 at the Department of Nara Palace Site Excavation, National Research Institute for Cultural Properties in Nara where he was also engaged in excavations on Palace and Temple sites. In 1975 he started at the Centre for Archaeological Operations, National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Nara where he also studied archaeological prospection. He initiated various important research programs, including «The Development of Advanced Archaeological Prospecting Methods» starting in 1992 and «Wide Area Archaeological Site Investigation Using Ground Penetrating Radar» starting in 1997, both funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology in Japan. He also initiated the establishement of the «JapaneseSociety for Archaeological Prospection». He organized several Conferences and field surveys, such as «2nd International Conference on Archaeological Prospection» in Ise, Japan and the field survey on Siem Reap area archaeological sites as a part of a research programme by the National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Nara. Since 2003 he has been director of protection and preservation of cultural heritage in the Asia and Pacific region in Cultural Heritage Protection Cooperation Office, Asia/ Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU Nara Office). In 2006 Yasushi participated as a lecturer in the XVth International Field School in Archaeology organised by University of Sienna, Italy. He is a honorary member of ISAP and emeritus researcher and visiting researcher of the National Research Institute for CulturalProperties, Nara, Japan.