Wednesday, July 15, 2009
The “Kofun” megalithic tombs are the Japanese equivalent of pyramids. Constructed between the 3rd and early 7th century as burial mounds for emperors and military rulers.
Currently Imperial household Agency has designated 740 “kofun” as tombs of ancient imperial family and relatives and are not open to the public, including archeologists.
The Sakitama burial mounds consist on nine mounds, where important object where excavated, like the Inariyama Sword, an iron sword with gold inlay inscriptions excavated from the Inariyama “kofun”, that is now designated as one of the national treasures of Japan
Terracotta figures “Haniwa”
“Haniwa” figures were found above and in the mounds surroundings and is believed that were set to to delimit and protect the sacred area