The Japan Times
October 14, 2000

Yayoi beads, accessories discovered in Kyoto tomb

KYOTO (Kyodo) Researchers have unearthed green comma-shaped glass beads and cylindrical, sky-blue decorative pieces from a tomb believed to date from the first half of the third century.

The researchers said Thursday that they found over 210 decorative pieces made for one of the rulers of the ancient Tango region, in the north of present-day Kyoto Prefecture.

Of this total, about 90 are cylindrical glass decorations, each measuring 2 cm long, while about 30 are comma-shaped glass beads up to 4 cm long, they said.

It is believed to be the largest find of such glass beads in Japan, according to the researchers at the Kyoto Archaeology Center in Muko, Kyoto Prefecture, and the board of education in the town of Mineyama, in the north of the prefecture.

The tomb, dating from the Yayoi Period (300 B.C. to 300), is in the Akasaka-Imai mound in Mineyama, one of the largest burial mounds in Japan.


A MODEL WEARS A REPLICA of a necklace discovered in a third-century tomb in Kyoto Prefecture to demonstrate how the green and blue glass beads might have been worn. KYODO PHOTO