The Odai YamamotoSite is located in Togahama Town, Higashitsugaru-gun, Aomori Prefecture, and dates from the late Paleolithic to the early Jomon period.
The site is located on a river terrace on the left bank of the Kanida River, which flows into Mutsu Bay, and pottery shards and stone arrowheads were excavated, along with a group of stone tools characteristic of the late Paleolithic period. It is believed that pottery was not yet made during the Paleolithic period, but this site is considered to be a valuable site from the time of the transition from the Paleolithic to the Jomon period, as fragments of pottery were unearthed along with stone tools similar to those of the Paleolithic period.
The unearthed pottery fragments are called "unmarked pottery fragments" because they do not have any decoration such as rope inscriptions or pasting, and dating revealed that they are about 15,000 years old.
These pottery shards, the oldest in Japan, are on display at the Daisen Furusato Museum, a guidance facility in a closed elementary school. Why don't you feel the atmosphere of the old school building and think about the life of the people in ancient times?
In July 2021, the "Jomon Sites of Hokkaido and the Northern Tohoku Region," consisting of 17 sites in Hokkaido, Aomori, Iwate, and Akita Prefectures, was registered as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The "Jomon Sites of Hokkaido and the Northern Tohoku Region" in Aomori Prefecture are the following eight sites. Please visit the World Heritage sites in Aomori Prefecture.
Omori Katsuyama Site
Korekawa Stone Age Site
Tagoyano Shell Mound
Kameoka Stone Age Site
Odai Yamamoto Site
Futatsumori Shell Mound
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