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Ancient palace found in Japan

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A palace complex dating back to the 3rd century has been found at the Makimuku archaeological site.

“The latest finding virtually confirms that buildings stood in a regular geometry along the central axis of a quadrangular area stretching 150 meters from east to west,” said Hironobu Ishino, director of the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Archaeology. “That is an extraordinary dimension for third-century artifacts. It now appears ever more likely that the site represents the residential area of the two queens of the Yamatai state, Himiko and her successor, Toyo, who are mentioned in an official chronicle of China.”

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Story: Kazuto Tsukamoto, Asahi Shimbun | Photo: Yoshinori Mizuno

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