Trends In Japanese Archaeological Research

2016

Recovery after the disaster of volcanic eruption
A male clay figurine, rare on a nationwide scale, is recovered
A hoard of coins is found at a huge rampart-encircled mansion
An ancient clothes iron is found, only the 11th example nationwide!
Various means of livelihood of the Yayoi period are thrown into relief
A core settlement that prospered from making quality stone axes!
Obsidian quarrying methods of the Early and Final Jōmon periods become clear!
A hunting camp of the Paleolithic period is revealed from excellent deposits of materials

2015

A rock shelter that witnessed the change in culture from the Upper Paleolithic to the Jōmon periods
One of the largest shell middens on the Japan Sea side; 91 human skeletons are discovered, the largest number nationwide!
At a dōtaku-producing village, a vase with a dōtaku design is@newly discovered.
A nationwide first! From a large-scale tomb in ancient Shimotsuke province, two haniwa depicting women weaving cloth are recovered.
New discoveries of features and artifacts follow one after another! A prime Japanese example of an ancient city site.
The history of Echizen ware, a traditional Japanese craft item, becomes more concrete through new discoveries of kiln sites.
Mysterious, unknown facilities are discovered at an Important Cultural Property building!
Reconstruction after the Great East Japan Earthquake and buried cultural properties protection
As many as 27 Jōmon period pit buildings stood lined up in cramped fashion.
Soil strata show traces of three tsunamis, conveying history and its lessons to future generations.