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Ethnoarchaeological Analysis of Prehistoric Baskets from Central Japan and Basketry Techniques found at the Museum of Archaeological Research

Author(s): Naoto Yamamoto ; Kumiko Horikawa ; Takako Shimohama

Year: 2017

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Summary

Many ancient baskets have been excavated from the wetland sites of the Japan’s prehistoric period in the Hokuriku district, Central Japan. 65 baskets have been excavated from 10 prehistoric sites and date from c.3600 cal BC to c.250 cal AD. Also 14 impressions of basketry were found on the bottom of deep bowls from 8 prehistoric sites.

Two points are clear from the analysis of these basketry materials: (1) in terms of construction materials, a Inugaya (in Japanese; Cephalotaxus harringtonia), a Japanese cedar (Cryptomeria japonica), a hiba arborvitae (Thujopsis dolabrata), a silvervine (actinidia), and a tudurafuji (in Japanese; Sinomenium acutum) were used to make basketry. No baskets were made of straw and (2) regional difference in basket materials plainly existed in prehistoric Japan, bamboos in the Tohoku and Kanto district and plant other than bamboos in the Hokuriku district.

We have been using ethnographic basketry to help us understand these ancient basketry examples since these historic baskets were made with Japanese cypress, silvervine, and tudurafuji in the Hokuriku district 30 years ago.

Archaeologists, who work at the museum of archaeological research of Komatsu City, have been teaching schoolchildren and the elderly how to make basketry using traditional ancient techniques.


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Ethnoarchaeological Analysis of Prehistoric Baskets from Central Japan and Basketry Techniques found at the Museum of Archaeological Research. Naoto Yamamoto, Kumiko Horikawa, Takako Shimohama. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431449)


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Geographic Keywords
East/Southeast Asia


Spatial Coverage

min long: 66.885; min lat: -8.928 ; max long: 147.568; max lat: 54.059 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 14942

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America