Episode 2: Jōmon Period, Part 1

Welcome to the Jōmon

Early evidence of lacquer, from about 4800 BCE. Photo taken at the National Museum of Japanese History in Sakura, Chiba Prefecture. https://www.rekihaku.ac.jp

This episode we’ll take you through the beginnings of the Jōmon period, from the Incipient Period, when pottery is just appearing, through the Initial and Early Jōmon periods, when the Jōmon culture really starts to grow into its own, flourishing across the archipelago.

We’ll discuss the changes both in society and in the material culture, as well as the continuance of certain cultural aspects, like dental ablation.

Click here to see an example of dental ablation and dental modification. TW: Pictures of human remains, photos taken at the National Museum of Japanese History, https://www.rekihaku.ac.jp.

This is the first of a multi-part series on Jōmon culture. The next episode we’ll talk about the boom and bust in the Chūbu and Kantō regions during the Middle Jōmon period.

An example of a reconstructed Jomon pit house at Katsusaka, by 小池 隆 - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33948665


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