Noteworthy Archaeological Sites, Issue 2009

Former Imperial Audience Hall, Nara Capital:
Special Historic Site

Nara City, Nara Prefecture

The oldest pit traps in Japan? Warm Tanegashima's Paleolithic upsets the prevailing image of this era.

Nakatane Town, Kagoshima Prefecture

The only settlement maintained for 4,000 years on a southern isle.

Chatan Town, Okinawa Prefecture

The recovery of multiple bronze halberds buried with a bronze bell.

Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture

Nakamura No. 1 Tomb:
Rarely found nationwide, a tomb with an unopened horizontal stone chamber.

Izumo City, Shimane Prefecture

A contract mokkan of the early seventh century administrative system is recovered.

Jōetsu City, Niigata Prefecture

Former Temple Precinct of Hakusan Heisenji:
A vast Medieval religious urban center built with stone.

Katsuyama City, Fukui Prefecture

Yamashita Foreign Residence:
Buildings and roads of the late Edo and Meiji periods are excavated.

Yokohama city, Kanagawa Prefecture

The above contents were selected from Hakkutsu sareta Nihon rettō 2009 [Excavations in the Japanese Archipelago, 2009] (Bunkacho [Agency for Cultural Affairs], ed., Asahi Shimbunsha, 2009),translated and prepared for presentation on this website by the International Exchange Committee of the Japanese Archaeological Association (Tokyo, Japan). All photos are used with permission of the organizations in charge of the respective excavations.

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