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Daily Tools of the Jomon Period

"Daily Tools of the Jomon Period"

Heiseikan Japanese Archaeology Gallery  September 7, 2021 (Tue) - February 27, 2022 (Sun)

Excavated at Hibiki Shell Mound, Higashi Matsushima-shi, Miyagi, Jomon period, 2000-400 BC

From the Jomon period (ca. 11,000 BC–ca. 5th century BC) onward, means of obtaining food changed in accordance with changes in the natural environment resulting from a milder climate. The bow and arrow was invented, while tools such as fishhooks, fishing spears, and harpoon heads were created in quantity. Grinding slabs and grindstones as well as stone mortars and hammerstones were used to process nuts and other foods.

Major Work(s) on Exhibit 5 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
Highlight Harpoon Head Found at Yoyama Shell Mound, Chiba Jōmon period, 2000–1000 BC J-22578
Highlight Fishhook Excavated at Hibiki Shell Mound, Higashi Matsushima-shi, Miyagi Jomon period, 2000-400 BC J-36716-1
Highlight Stone Arrowheads Found in Gonohe Town, Aomori Jōmon period, 2,000–400 BC Gift of Mr. Ewatari Kuamagoro, J-8734
Highlight Saw-Shaped Stone Objects Found in Gotō City, Nagasaki Jōmon period, 2,000–1,000 BC Gift of Mr. Konishi Hajime, J-9145
Highlight Grinding Slab and Grindstone Found in Akiruno City, Tokyo Jōmon period, 3000–2000 BC J-37836