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The Post-Jomon Culture in Hokkaido

"The Post-Jomon Culture in Hokkaido"

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

Fish-Shaped Fishing Tackle
Place of excavation unknown, Epi-Jōmon period, 2nd–1st century BC

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 5 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
Highlight Spade, Whale bone Excavated at Etomo-cho, Muroran-shi, Hokkaido Epi-Jomon period, 2nd–1st century BC J-21845
Highlight Deep Pot Found in Muroran City, Hokkaidō Epi-Jōmon period, 2nd–1st century BC Gift of Mr. Watanabe Mataz, J-8926
Highlight Fish-Shaped Fishing Tackle Place of excavation unknown Epi-Jōmon period, 2nd–1st century BC J-2754
Highlight Fragment of a Spindle Whorl Found on the premises of a coalmine railway office, Otaru City, Hokkaidō Epi-Jōmon period, 1st–3rd century Gift of the Hokkaido Project Management Bureau, Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce, J-4676
Highlight 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