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Master of Asia-Pacific Studies (now Master of Asian and Pacific Studies) graduate, Izumi Braddick knew very early on she wanted to carve out a career in archaeology.
“I became interested in archaeology at the age of twelve, watching the British BBC TV archaeology program Time Team. I started studying archaeology at high school, and continued with a five-year double degree at ANU, majoring in Archaeology and Japanese language.”
The degree allowed her to take a year on exchange at Kyoto University in japan, where she studied with some of the country’s leading archaeologists. From there she continued her studies in archaeology during her master’s degree, taking courses in archaeological science and writing a sub-thesis on the jade trade in ancient japan.
Having lived mostly in Tokyo during her early years, it wasn’t surprising Izumi’s interest in Japanese culture blossomed during her time at ANU.
“My interest in this culture began when I made a replica of a Jomon clay figurine (dogū) for a first-year archaeology course at the ANU. The beauty and craftsmanship of the figurine—which proved impossible to replicate—opened my eyes to the amazing world of the Jomon, and the study of this culture has since become my passion.”
Izumi is now undertaking a PhD at Oxford University, after being awarded the Daiwa Scholarship in Japanese Studies.
“Winning a Daiwa Scholarship meant that I was free to choose any universities that offered me a place. I considered offers from Cambridge and East Anglia, which are both esteemed universities with excellent facilities and institutes. In the end, however, I chose Oxford University because I found an academic with experience of working on Jomon period sites in Japan, and whose research interests overlap with my thesis topic.”