The Japan Times
November 12, 1999

Remains of Jomon era village found

FUKUSHIMA (Kyodo) The remains of a ring-shaped Jomon Period settlement have been discovered at an archaeological dig in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, the local municipal board of education reported Thursday.

The Aizu-Wakamatsu Board of Education, which has conducted a field survey of the site, estimates that the settlement dates to the mid-Jomon Period, between 4,000 and 5,000 years ago.

Inside the settlement, which measures about 120 meters in diameter, the remains of 13 hollows, which archaeologists have identified as longhouses, have been unearthed, the education board said.

At the center of the settlement was a plaza believed to have been surrounded by storage pits and graves, archaeologists said, adding that there was apparently some sort of planning for the settlement.

According to the education board, the outlines of the longhouses are about 15 meters to 18 meters long and some 5 meters to 7 meters wide, each with 10 to 12 pillar holes. It also said the remains of three furnaces inside some of the excavated longhouses have been identified, as well as the remains of drainage ditches around the settlement.

AIZU-WAKAMATSU, Fukushima Pref. — A mid-Jomon Period settlement with longhouses has been excavated at an archaeological site here. KYODO PHOTO