Jomon Archaeological Sites


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Jomon Archaeological Sites in Hokkaido and Northern Tohoku


Our ancestors developed a culture known as the Jomon culture, approximately 15,000 years ago. Their lives at that time can be glimpsed at the archeological sites all over Japan.
Not only the abundant clay figures, pottery, and lacquerware, but also the many large-scale stone circles that have been unearthed at the Jomon sites in Hokkaido and Northern Tohoku provide a clear picture of the unique characteristics of the Jomon culture.
In order to pass on these Jomon Archaeological Sites to future generations as valuable cultural heritages of humanity, Hokkaido and the three Tohoku prefectures, along with relevant municipalities, are cooperating with the common aim of achieving inscription of the Jomon Archaeological Sites in Hokkaido and Northern Tohoku, including the three sites in Iburi, on the World Heritage List.
The Jomon Archaeological Sites were put on a Tentative List of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre in January 2009.


Jomon archeological sites in Iburi  
Kitakogane Shell Midden (Date city)
A settlement site with shell middens dating to the Early Jomon period (approx. 5,000–3,500 BC).
The location of the five shell middens also indicates changes in the coastline over time.

Irie–Takasago Shell Midden (Toyako town)
This settlement site overlooking Funka Bay consists of shell middens formed from the final phase of the Early Jomon period to the middle phase of the Final Jomon period (approx. 3,500–800 BC).

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