Dr. Noel Amano

Dr. Noel Amano

Department of Archaeology

Main Focus

Noel Amano’s research is on the zooarchaeology of South and Southeast Asia, focusing on themes of human-animal interactions, human subsistence economy, paleoenvironmental reconstruction and taphonomy.


Curriculum Vitae

Noel received a BA in Cell and Molecular Biology and an MSc in Archaeology from the University of the Philippines. In 2017, he completed a PhD in Quaternary Prehistory at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, France and the Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution in Tarragona, Spain. His dissertation explored Late Pleistocene to Mid-Holocene paleoenvironment and human subsistence strategies in Eastern Java, Indonesia.

In addition to working on Southeast Asian hunter gatherer sites, he has been involved in research projects looking at early agricultural communities in Southeast Asia, specifically the introduction/spread of domestic animals in Vietnam and the Philippines.

In the last two years, he has co-directed excavations of cave and open-air sites in Sri Lanka with the aim of looking at early human colonisation of the region. He has also co-directed fieldwork in the Philippines and the Southern Caucasus and has ongoing research in Vietnam and Indonesia.


Publications

Selected publications 

Ingicco, T., Amano, N., Setiagama, K., Moigne, A.-M., Budiman, Sémah, A.-M., Simanjuntak, T. and Semah, F. 2020. From food to grave good: nonhuman primate exploitation in Early to Mid-Holocene Eastern Java (Indonesia). Current Anthropology 61(2): 708186. doi:10.1086/708186.

Wedage, O., Roberts, P., Faulkner, P., Crowther, A., Douka, K., Picin, A., Blinkhorn, J., Deraniyagala, S., Boivin, N., Petraglia, M. and Amano, N. 2020. Late Pleistocene to early-Holocene rainforest foraging in Sri Lanka: Multidisciplinary analysis at Kitulgala Beli-lena. Quaternary Science Reviews 231: 106200. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2020.106200.

Wedage, O*., Amano, N*., Langley, M., Douka, K., Blinkhorn, J., Crowther, A., Deraniyagala, S., Kourampas, N., Simpson, I., Perera, N., Picin, A., Boivin, N., Petraglia, M., Roberts, P. 2019. Specialized rainforest hunting by Homo sapiens ~45,000 years ago. Nature Communications 10:739.

Roberts, P., Amano, N. 2019. Plastic pioneers: hominin biogeography across the Movius Line during the Late Pleistocene. Archaeological Research in Asia. DOI: 10.1016/j.ara.2019.01.003

Boulanger, C., Ingicco, T., Piper, P. J., Amano, N., Grouard, S., Ono, R., Hawkins, S., and Pawlik, A.  2019. Coastal subsistence strategies and Mangrove swamp evolution at Bubog I rockshelter (Ilin Island, Mindoro, Philippines) from the late Pleistocene to the mid-Holocene. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology, 1-20. doi:10.1080/15564894.2018.1531957

Ingicco, T., van den Bergh, G.D., Jago-on, C., Bahain, J-J., Chacon, G., Amano, N., Forestier, H., King, C., Manalo, K., Nomade, S., Pereira, A., Reyes, M., Semah, A-M., Shao, Q., Voinchet, P., Falgueres, C., Celiberti, V., Albers, P., Lyras, G., Lising, M., Bautista, A., de Vos, J. 2018. Earliest known hominin activity in the Philippines by 709 thousand years ago. Nature 557, 233-237.

Acabado, S., Barretto-Tesoro, G., Amano, N., 2018. Status differentiation, agricultural intensification, and pottery production in precapitalist Kiyyangan, Ifugao, Philippines. Archaeological Research in Asia 15: 55-69. 

Reyes, M., Ingicco, T., Piper, T., Amano, N., Pawlik, A. 2017. First fossil evidence of the extinct Philippine cloud rat Crateromys paulus (Muridae: Murinae: Phloeomyini) from Ilin Island, Mindoro, and insights into its Holocene abundance. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 130(1):84-97.

Ingicco, T., Piper, P., Amano, N., Pawlik, P. 2017. Biometric differentiation of Wild Philippine Pigs from Introduced Sus scrofa in Modern and Archaeological Assemblages. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. DOI:10.1002/oa.2592

Amano N., Rivals, F. Moigne, AM., Ingicco, T., Sémah, F., Simanjuntak, T. 2016. Paleoenvironment in East Java during the Last 25,000 years as Inferred from Bovid and Cervid Dental Wear Analyses. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 10: 155-165.

Amano, N., Moigne A.M., Ingicco, T., Sémah, F., Awe, R.D., Simanjuntak, T. 2016. Subsistence Strategies and Environment in Late Pleistocene- Early Holocene Eastern Java:  Evidence from Braholo Cave. Quaternary International 416:46-63.

Borel, A., Xhauflair, H., Amano, N., Purnomo, A. 2016. Southeast Asia: Human Evolution, Dispersals and Adaptation. Quaternary International 416: 3-4.

Xhauflair H., Pawlik A., Gaillard C., Forestier H., Vitales T.J., Callado J.R., Tandang D., Amano N., Manipon D. Dizon, E. 2016.Characterisation of the use-wear resulting from bamboo working and its importance to address the hypothesis of the existence of a bamboo industry. Quaternary International 416: 95-125.

Ingicco, T., van den Bergh, G.D., de Vos J., Castro, A., Amano, N., Bautista A. 2016. A new species of Celebochoerus (Suidae, Mammalia) from the Philippines and the palaeobiogeography of the genus Celebochoerus Hooijer, 1948. Geobios 49 (4): 285-291.

Oxenham M., Piper P.J., Bellwood P., Bui C.B., Nguyen K.T.K., Nguyen Q.M., Campos F., Castillo C., Wood R., Sarjeant C., Amano N., Willis A., and Ceron J. 2015. Emergence and Diversification of the Neolithic in Southern Vietnam: Insights from Coastal Rach Nui. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 10 (3): 309-338.

Ingicco, T., Amano, N., Ochoa, J. and Detroit, F. 2014. An Allometric Study of Macaca fascicularis from Late Pleistocene Deposits from Ille Cave, Philippines: A Potential Model for Southeast Asian Dwarf Hominins. Bull Mem Soc Anthropol Paris 26 (3-4): 147-153.

Pawlik, A., Piper, P., Paylona, P., Padilla, S., Carlos, J., Mijares, A., Vallejo, B., Ingicco, T., Reyes, M., Amano, N. and Porr, M. 2014. Archaeological Excavations at Bubog I and II on Ilin Island, Philippines: Preliminary Studies on Island Adaptation and Foraging Strategies in Changing Environments from the Terminal Pleistocene to the Early Holocene. Journal of Field Archaeology 39(3): 230-247.

Ochoa, J., Paz V., Lewis, H., Carlos, J., Robles, E., Amano, N., Ferreras, R., Lara, M., Velarde, G., Ronquillo, W., and Solheim W. 2014. The Archaeology and Palaeobiological Record of Pasimbahan-Magsanib Site, Northern Palawan, Philippines. Philippine Science Letters 7(1): 22-36. 

Piper, P.J., Campos, F.Z., Kinh, D.N., Amano, N. and Oxenham, M. 2014. Early Evidence for Pig and Dog Husbandry in the Neolithic Site of An Son in Southern Vietnam.  International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 24: 68-78.

Amano, N., Piper, P., Hung, H-c. and Bellwood, P.  2013. Introduced Domestic Animals to the Neolithic and Metal Age of the Philippines: Evidence from Nagsabaran, Northern Luzon.  Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 8:317-335.

Piper, P., Amano, N., Yang, S. and O’Connor, T. The Faunal Remains from Anaro and Savidug. 2013. In Bellwood, P. And Dizon, E. (eds) The Batanes Islands. Terra Australis 40. pp 169-199.

Bellwood, P., Oxenham, M., Bui, C-H., Nguyen, T.K.D., Willis, A., Sarjeant, C., Piper, P.J., Matsumura, H., Tanaka, K., Beavan, N., Higham, T., Nguyen, Q.M., Dang, N.K., Nguyen, K.T.K., Vo, T.H., Van, N.B., Tran, T.K.Q., Nguyen, P.T., Campos, F., Sato, Y-I., Nguyen, L.C. and Amano, N. 2011. An Son and the Neolithic of Southern Vietnam. Asian Perspectives 50:  144-175. 

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