Japan annually carries out nearly 8,000 excavation investigations, resulting in the accumulation of new material on a daily basis. With such a great number of new discoveries, however, only a portion of their results are accessible by the public despite some receiving media coverage.
As such, the Agency for Cultural Affairs has been hosting the exhibition: “Excavations of the Japanese Archipelago” since 1995. The annual exhibit is designed to be viewed by the public in a timely and easy-to-understand manner.
As ancient ruins teach us about Japanese history, the Agency has designated the 20th exhibit of 2014 as a commemorative exhibit by compiling the most representative ruins found in Japan over the last two decades. This is the largest exhibit held in size, number of pieces and materials displayed.
Moreover, the exhibit also displays the latest finds of such excavations carried out between the Paleolithic Era up until modern times. In addition, findings from the excavation investigation related to recovery work from the Great East Japan earthquake are also displayed. By seeing these pieces up close, we hope visitors will sense Japan’s magnificent diversity of history and culture, and understand the importance of carrying out such excavations and preserving buried cultural properties.