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2,000-year-old doll found in Japan

A small doll dating back 2,000 years has been found in an ancient burial in Japan.

A moon-faced clay doll from the mid-Yayoi Pottery Culture period (300 B.C.-A.D. 300) has been unearthed in near perfect condition at an archaeological site here, the first discovery of its kind in the prefecture.

The charming doll, of a kind very rarely found intact, was unearthed at the Kori ruins, the Osaka Center for Culture Heritage announced Jan. 26.

During the excavation at the Kori and Heka ruins, which started in June 2016, a team including members of the Ibaraki board of education discovered about 140 “hokei shukobo,” or rectangular burial mounds, where the doll was preserved in the soil.

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Story: Takashi Yoshikawa, Asahi Shumbun | Photo: Takashi Yoshikawa, Asahi Shumbun

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