Early Korea Project

The Early Korea Project was established to offset a deficiency in the study of Korea's early history prior to the tenth century C.E.

The fields of early Korean history and archaeology are active and pertinent components of academic programs in Korea, where it is recognized that an understanding and appreciation of the early historical and pre-historical periods are necessary for a proper grasp of Korea in the modern age. While this obvious fact finds ready acknowledgement in English-language scholarship on Korea, the early periods of Korea's history (here defined as prior to the tenth century) are sorely underrepresented in Korean Studies in the Anglophone world.

To help offset this deficiency, the Early Korea Project was established at the Korea Institute, Harvard University, under the direction of Dr. Mark Byington. The Project was officially launched on November 1, 2006, with support from the Academy of Korean Studies and the Korea Foundation. Since October 1, 2007, EKP programs have primarily been generously supported by the Northeast Asian History Foundation. The Early Korea Project is based at the Center for Government and International Studies at Harvard University.

The mission of the Early Korea Project is to promote and direct the development of academic studies of early Korean history and archaeology in the English language, primarily through lectures, workshops and publications. The Project relies on active relationships with scholars in Korea and the engagement of scholars elsewhere whose research involves early Korea.

Contact: Mark Byington, Project Director, Early Korea Project byington@fas.harvard.edu



Early Korea Project News

News Coverage of Early Korea Project Recent Publications
Jan 9, 2014


Announcing Two New Volumes of the Early Korea Project Occasional Series!
Dec 11, 2013


A Closer Look at Ancient Korea
Jun 20, 2013


Professor Sun Joo Kim in Northeast Asian History Foundation Newsletter (in Korean)

Oct 4, 2011


Early Korea Project Featured in The Korea Herald
May 18, 2011


Large-Scale Storage Facilities Discovered at P'ungnap Walled Site
Aug 14, 2009


Over 1,000 Proto Three Kingdoms Period Relics Excavated at Kyŏngsan
Mar 4, 2008


Discovery of A Three Story Subterranean Storage
Jun 14, 2007