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2,300-year-old carpentry tool found in Japan

A carpenter's tool dating back 2,300 years has been found in Japan. A well-preserved ancient carpenter's tool that was at the cutting edge of Japanese manufacturing thousands of years ago has been discovered at the Yokaichijikata ruins in Komatsu in the prefecture. The iron “yariganna” cutting pike plane, which is attached to

Large burial mound found in Japan’s ancient capital

A large burial mound measuring 230 feet per side has been found in Asuka, the ancient capital of Japan. A jumble of stones uncovered here offers undisputed evidence of a burial mound dating from the mid-seventh century that very likely was the final resting place of an emperor, researchers say. The first

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

Traces of 17th-century fortress found in Japan

Traces of a 17th-century fortress have been found at Osaka Castle on the Japanese island of Honshu. Possible groundwork for the Sanada Maru fortress has been found, shedding light on the stronghold built and used by warlord Sanada Nobushige during the Siege of Osaka (1614-1615), a private group said. The group, which

7th-century earthworks found in Japan

An excavation on a hilltop on the island of Kyushu has found evidence of 7th-century fortifications. Ancient hilltop earthworks discovered here could offer the first hard evidence of Japan having had a walled city in the seventh century. The mound in northern Fukuoka Prefecture measures 500 meters or so, and is presumed

6th-century swords discovered in Japan

Two swords dating back to the 6th-century have been recovered from a tomb on the island of Kyushu, Japan. One is the longest sword ever excavated from ancient tombs in Japan, and another’s hilt is covered with ray skin, making it the oldest ray-decorated item found in East Asia. The swords were

Roman coins found at Japanese medieval castle

A cache of Roman coins dating to the 3rd-4th centuries A.D. have been found at the ruins of Katsuren Castle in Japan. Coins issued in ancient Rome have been excavated from the ruins of a castle in Okinawa Prefecture, the local board of education said, the first time such artifacts have

Ancient Korean-style tools discovered in Japan

Ancient tools dating back to the 6th-century A.D. have been found, decorated with silver inlay which suggests they were strongly influenced by Korean styles at the time. One artifact looks like a chisel. It is about 20 centimeters long, 9 millimeters wide and 5 mm thick. The other, bow tongs for