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Smiling terra cotta haniwa figurine unearthed in Japan

A terra cotta haniwa figurine has been unearthed from a fourth-century tomb in Sakurai, Japan. It is the oldest such figurine yet found. The figurine, which is holding a shield and appears to be smiling, was apparently meant to guard the Chihara Ohaka tomb, the Sakurai board of education said Thursday. [tweetmeme][Full

Ancient bronze mirrors unearthed in Japan

331 broken pieces belong to 81 ancient bronze mirrors have been unearthed from a stone chamber in Sakurai, Japan. The pieces, which belonged to 13 different kinds of mirrors, were the largest number to be excavated as burial items from an ancient tomb in the nation. The tomb dates to between