Archaeological Heritage Management Office

The Archaeological Heritage Management Office is a facility for excavating buried cultural properties discovered in the course of establishing university facilities, recording and preserving unearthed artifacts, and issuing reports.

All three university campuses are located on sites of archaeological interest. The Sho-Kuramoto site on the Kuramoto Campus was a village in the Yayoi Period, and it is one of the largest sites in the prefecture. So far the Office has achieved a number of academically important findings, including the oldest chair in Japan, one of the oldest fields in Japan, traces of the second example of an early Yayoi rice paddy, square tombs from the mid-Yayoi, and Chinese mirrors and fragments of bronze vessels from the late Yayoi. We have also carried out several excavations of the homes of high and low-ranking samurai from the Edo Period on the Shinkura and Josanjima campuses. These cultural properties are of the highest class in terms of both quality and quantity of those held by national universities across Japan.

During the redevelopment of the university, the Archaeological Heritage Man-agement Office has carried out more than 50 excavations. In addition to its exca-vation work, the Office has been publishing its bulletin, midterm reports, newslet-ter and on its website, as well as offering classes, public lectures and talks at local elementary schools.

 

Site of one of the oldest fields in Japan (early Yayoi Period)
Site of one of the oldest fields in Japan (early Yayoi Period)