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the Jomon Period in Japan Was Named After

  • The Jomon period includes the earliest known human inhabitation of what would ultimately become Japan, spanning from the year 12,000 BCE to around the year 800 BCE. This time period was marked by the appearance of pottery that had cord patterns to it, which translates to Jomon in Japanese.
  • History of Japan Paleolithic Jomon Yayoi Yamato period Kofun period Asuka period Nara period Heian period Kamakura period Muromachi period Azuchi-Momoyama period Nanban period Edo period Meiji period Taisho period Showa period Japanese expansionism Occupied Japan Post-Occupation Japan Heisei Following the end of the Allied occupation in 1952.
  • One of the most important figures of this period in Japanese History was the prince regent Shotoku Taishi (574 - 622), who introduced the Confucian principles of rank and etiquette, adopted the Chinese calendar and developed trading roads.
  • As a Japanese archaeologist trained first in Japan and then in North America, I believe that the studies of the Jomon period can contribute significantly to our understanding of hunter-gatherer behavior and variability in world prehistory.
  • Historical Parks Sannai Maruyama is a Jomon Site in Northern Honshu ; Yoshinogari Historical Park (between Tosu and Saga on the JR Nagasaki line south of Fukuoka) is an interesting historical park that brings to life the Yayoi Period (400 B.C. to A.D. 300).
  • The Jomon 縄文 culture is named after the Japanese saying of the specific type of cord moulding marking pottery decoration.
  • It was named thus because archaeologists believe that Jomon people were the first in the world to produce pottery, somewhere around 11,000 years ago.

yayoi Period Of Japan

  • By the Kofun period, almost all skeletons excavated in Japan except those of the Ainu are of the Yayoi type with Jomon admixture, resembling those of modern-day Japanese.
  • During the Yayoi period, cultural features from China and Korea arrived in this area at various times over several centuries, and later spread to the south and east.
  • By the beginning of the Kofun Period (250 - 538), a center of power had developed in the fertile Kinai plain, and by about 400 AD the country was united as Yamato Japan with its political center in and around the province of Yamato (about today's Nara Prefecture ).
  • AMS dating also shows that the Mumun pottery culture of southern Korea, which was the Korean equivalent of Yayoi, began to move in as early as 1300 BC and was well established by 1000 BC. This makes it likely that the Yayoi arrived in Japan from Korea, as opposed to crossing directly from the mainland, and that it was in Korea that the details of farming rice in a new, colder, climate were worked out.
  • A Shinto culture, with no Buddhist influence is well documented from this period and the expansion of the controlling clan in Honshu to the northern half of Kyushu established the Imperial House of Japan.
  • One theory holds that immigrants fleeing the turmoil of China's Warring States period, beginning about 450 B.C., took the technology overland to present-day Korea, then across the relatively narrow Korea Strait to Japan's Kyushu Island.
  • TOKYO-- New dates for food residue scraped from ancient Japanese pottery have touched off a storm of controversy in Japan's archaeological community.

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