The Early Korea Project at the Korea Institute, Harvard University

July 5, 2018

From 2006 to 2018, the Early Korea Project at the Korea Institute, Harvard University was dedicated to the development of academic study of early Korean history and archaeology, focusing on the periods prior to the tenth century C.E. Primarily through lectures, workshops, and publications, the Early Korea Project fostered active relationships with scholars around the world whose research involves early Korea, generating a truly vibrant and interconnected community. Under the direction and vision of Dr. Mark Byington, Project Director, the Early Korea Project made significant contributions to the field with the utmost integrity of scholarship and dedication to academic research.

Founded and directed by Dr. Mark Byington, the Early Korea Project offered a breadth of activities including a Lecture Series, Workshop Series, and Publications Program, as well as teaching, research, and outreach. Papers presented at Early Korea Project lectures and workshops yielded a body of published work to the benefit of scholars, teachers, and researchers, now and in the years to come. Of particular signifance are the Early Korea and the Early Korea Project Occasional Series. Eight volumes in total, these publications contain the most up-to-date scholarship on early Korea available in English and lay a solid foundation for the study of early Korea in the global academic community. The productive output of so many publications in only ten years is the result of extraordinarily sustained efforts, cultivated through years of research and scholarly discipline, reflecting the highest standards for academic integrity.

None of this would have been possible without Dr. Mark Byington’s unflagging dedication and indefatigable efforts to bring scholars together, support them in their research, and produce top quality publications.

Since its inception, the Early Korea Project received generous multi-year support from the Academy of Korean Studies, Korea Foundation, and Northeast Asian History Foundation, as well as event and publications support from the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard Asia Center, Harvard-Yenching Institute, Korea Society, and the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies.
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