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excavation

Our Department is very active in archaeological fieldwork and excavation. Followings are recent examples.

Zozan (Tsukuriyama) tumulus

Zozan tumulus in Okayama prefecture is the fourth largest keyhole-shaped burial mound in the Japanese Archipelago constructed in the former half of the fifth century. We conducted a digital survey in 2007 and started excavation project from 2008 which is still going on.

Zozan (Tsukuriyama) tumulus

Igozori site

Igozori site in Tottori prefecture is a Jomon settlement site. The site was repeatedly used in Initial, Early to Middle, Late and Final Jomon period. We have excavated the site in 2007 and 2009 and obtained important data of pollen and phytolith to reconstruct climate changes of the area from the Jomon to the present.

Igozori site

Desaki Funakoshi-minami site

The site is situated on a small peninsula in the south of Okayama prefecture. We excavated a peat deposit belonging to the Early Jomon period and obtained important data to understand the changes in climate and landscape.

Desaki Funakoshi-minami site

Shobuzako tumulus

Shobuzako tumulus in Okayama prefecture was excavated by our Department from 2001 to 2008. The tumulus turned out to be a 42m long scallop-shaped burial mound which contained an undisturbed burial chamber with rich burial goods and skeletal remains.

Shobuzako tumulus

Nima Otsuka tumulus

The tumulus in Okayama prefecture is a 38m long keyhole-shaped burial mound constructed in the middle sixth century. Our excavation from 2001 to 2004 revealed that the corridor style burial chamber is one of the earliest in the Kibi area. Very rich burial goods including sue-ware, iron implements, a bronze mirror, horse bells and more than 700 beads were found from the chamber.

Nima Otsuka tumulus

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