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The Post-Jomon Culture in Hokkaido

"The Post-Jomon Culture in Hokkaido"

Heiseikan Japanese Archaeology Gallery  March 2, 2021 (Tue) - September 5, 2021 (Sun)

Fish-shaped Stone Object
Provenance unknown, Epi-Jomon period, 2nd-1st century BC (Gift of Mr. Tokugawa Yorisada)

A variety of stone tools were used during this period, including single- and double-edged polished stone axes, as well as stone knives and harpoon heads for hunting and butchering sea mammals and other animals. There are also unique fish-shaped stones that were probably used as bait for fishing. Pottery continued to feature rich decorations. Additionally, cylindrical jewelry made out of jasper from Sado island, objects made out of seashells from Japan’s southern seas, and iron tools have also been excavated. These objects suggest interaction with the Yayoi culture on the mainland as well as cultures on the Asian continent via the island of Sakhalin to the north.

Major Work(s) on Exhibit 3 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
_MD_RECOMMEND Spade, Whale bone Excavated at Etomo-cho, Muroran-shi, Hokkaido Epi-Jomon period, 2nd–1st century BC J-21845
_MD_RECOMMEND Fish-shaped Stone Object Provenance unknown Epi-Jomon period, 2nd-1st century BC Gift of Mr. Tokugawa Yorisada, K-28658
_MD_RECOMMEND Pendant, Fur-seal fang Excavated at Yukawa Shell Mound, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido Epi-Jomon period, 2nd century BC-3rd century AD Gift of Mr. Tokugawa Yorisada, J-10728
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