2017年04月27日

'Sannai Maruyama' archaeological site in the suburbs of Aomori City is a leading archaeological site of the 'Jomon' period in Japan.

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It was known even in the 17th century that an archaeological site existed here, as many old document and records, referring to the ancient clay figures as well as potteries which appeared here, are found. A full-scale excavation work was tardily started in 1992, and the entire area of this site has gradually unveiled to be pretty big. The investigation reaching 40 hectares has been finished so far though, this site seems to be expanding more and more. It is imaginable that the first settlers in this site was around 5,500 years ago, then it reached the zenith with 100 houses and the population of 500, 4,500 years ago. It is thought that they cultivated chestnuts as well as walnuts, and caught small animals like hares. The first picture shows a strange structure made up of 6 columns, from the spaces of each wooden parts of which we can know that all buildings of this site are made based on a unit of 35cm in length. The second picture shows the interior of the largest house with a width of 10 meters.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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