Hello community !
Sadly this place is not really active, and even though I thought I could post regularly... I did not.
As I may have mentionned I am in Japanese archaeology so it is easier for me to keep up to date with archaeology in this part of the world than with archaeology elsewhere.
So have a quick overview of the archaeological week in Japan : January the 26th
The municipality of Mukō
to is struggling with a difficult decision.
Excavations conducted before construction works that would have made a primary school earthquake-safe unearthed what clearly is a part of the Nagaoka palace. Nagaoka
has been the capital of Japan from 784 to 794 and what has been found on the primary school ground is the West Palace (the capital included a bunch of palaces for the different administrative services).
A number of associations of citizens, researchers, and even cultural offices have asked the city for a preservation of the site.
The problem is that the 700.000.000 yens contract for the works has already been decided, and that during the discussions, the children have their lessons in temporary buildings in the school playground, that are not earthquake-proof at all.
The city is trying to find a way to conduct the works without damaging the underground, preserving the site this way.( Japanese source )January the 27th
The castle of Sekinotsu (16th century, Sengoku period) in the prefecture of Shiga may have had a watch tower.
Excavations have been conducted on the site of this castle since 2009 and they cover an area with a strong gradient : the main house seems to have been on a place 103 meters high, storage buildings on a place 109 meters high.
What is thought to be a watchtower is on a 118 meters high plane square ground of 13 meters of side. There were two buildings of 4x4 meters and 4x5,2 meters.
It can't be cocluded that those buildings were destined to warfare, because the artifacts found on this ground is quite eclectic, including a high number of cups and bottles for alcohol. It may have been a watchtower, but also a sort of theatre or of hall of reception.
This site brings us a lot of informations about the intern organization of a castle during Sengoku period.( Japanese source )January the 27th We can take an exam and obtain a licence in archaeology on the net
I wrote to ask if it was OK to take the exam from abroad but they replied only this morning. Since the VISA registrations are already closed, I'll have to take it on May...January the 27th
Vestiges of a tsunami that hit Kobe in the Edo period have been discovered. It has to be one of the two tsunamis created by the Nankai earthquakes of 1707 (mag. 8,6) or 1854 (mag. 8,4).
We had no written reportds of this tsunami (even though with have some for other cities that have been striken) and it prooves the waves can reach Kobe during Nankai earthquakes
.( Japanese source )January the 28th
The prefecture of Hyogo holds an exposition concerning the excavations conducted between 1998 and 2008 (21 sites). It explains the archaeological process, from the discovery to the excavations planification, including preservation and restauration of the sites.
The exposition presents 340 important artifacts, including wooden false teeth of Edo period (18 and 19th centuries), and other discoveries from Kofun period (6-7th centuries) and the end of Yayoi period (4th century).( Japanese source )January the 29th
The city of Shirakawa opened an inquiry about the use of public money concerning the attribution of excavations contracts.
It seems even in Japan fraudulent use of public money can happen( Japanese source )
That's all for this week. I can't swear I'll do this every week, but I'd be glad to hear about things that occured in your field of specialisation.