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Archaeology in Japan 2012: Recent Results of Excavations

About 8,000 excavations a year are made throughout Japan. Archaeology in Japan 2012 at Sakai City Museum will show major artifact discoveries as soon as they are excavated and exhibited in an easy-to-understand way.

Approximately 580 objects unearthed from 20 ruins in Japan, whose ages vary from the Old Stone Age to modern times, will be exhibited at Sakai City Museum. One notable item is a sunken warship excavated from a historical site Takashima Kouzaki at the time of the Mongol invasion of Japan towards the end of the Kamakura period (1185 to 1333). Other interesting pieces are bombs and bullets unearthed from Tabaru Zaka which was a severe battle-field of the Seinan War in 1877. A special exhibit on implementation of the “Project for Rescuing Cultural Heritage Damaged by the Tohoku-Pacific Ocean Earthquake“ is also presented there.

At Sakai City Museum the exhibition “The Keicho period, a turbulent age – leading to the revival of Kyoto, Osaka and Sakai 400 years ago” will be held as a regional exhibition at the same time. The Keicho period, which was only 20 years long, saw such dynamic changes as a huge earthquake at the beginning, a regime change and great wars at the end. On the other hand, it had bright side too. More Japanese travelled South East Asia and brought back many cultural assets through shogunate-licensed trading. As a result, chanoyu (the tea ceremony) became very popular in metropolitan areas and a new stylistic beauty was created.

Many ruins and remains from 400 years ago (Keicho period) have been excavated recently. Please come and experience the atmosphere of those old days at Sakai City Museum.

Dates: Saturday, November 17 to Sunday, December 24, 2012
Time:9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. (Last admission at 4:30 p.m.)
Place:Sakai City Museum
Daisen Park, 2-cho, Mozu-Sekiun-cho, Sakai-ku, Sakai
Closed on the following Mondays: November 26, December 10 and December 17.
[Special Exhibition included] 500 yen for adults, 250 yen for high school and college students,
and 50 yen for elementary and junior high school students
[Permanent collection only] 100 yen for adults, 50 yen for high school and college students,
and 20 yen for elementary and junior high school students)

Note #1:Group discount for 20 people or more is available.
Note #2: Senior citizens 65 years and older, those with a disability certificate and
elementary and junior high school students who reside in Sakai City are free.

Special Exhibition: Archaeology in Japan 2012
Gallery tour: 2 to 3 p.m. on both Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 16

Lecture on Archaeology in Japan 2012
Date & Time: Saturday, November 17, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Speaker: Toshihide Ohmi, Analyst, Memorial Goods Section,
Cultural Assets Department, the Agency for Cultural Affairs
Please note that the first 100 applicants can go to the lecture room directly.

Regional Exhibition: The Keicho period, a turbulent age
Lecture: “The Great Earthquake that hit Hideyoshi –
Keicho-Fushimi Earthquake from the view point of earthquake archaeology “
Date & Time: Saturday, November 25, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Speaker: Akira Sangawa, visiting researcher,
The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
Note: The first 100 applicants can go to the lecture room directly.

Please note that numbered tickets will be distributed to applicants for the lectures from 12 p.m. each day.
Contact : Sakai City Museum
Phone or E-mail +81-72-245-6201