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Permanent Exhibition Room

The exhibition hall is divided into three sections:

SECTION1:Chikatsu Asuka and International Influence

Discover how during the Kofun and Asuka Periods of Japanese history, from the 4th to 7th centuries A.D., the people of Japan gleaned knowledge and culture from the Asian continent.

A.Welcome to Chikatsu Asuka 近つ飛鳥への招待
B.Five Kings of Wa and Major Sources of Cultural Influence Artifacts of the Five Kings of Wa 倭の五王と渡来文化
How Gold Plating and Horseback Riding Crossed the Ocean Changes in the Art of Pottery Making
How and When Corridor-style Burial Chambers came into Fashion The Kanayama Tumulus
C.The Age of Shotoku Taishi 聖徳太子の時代
The Tumulus of Shotoku Taishi Shotoku Taishi—From the Kofun to Asuka Periods of Japanese History
D.The Spread of Buddhism 仏教文化の開花
Variations and Changes in Roof Tiles
The Monastery-Style of Shitennoji Temple
E.The Distribution of a New Writing System 文字の時代
An Increase in People Who Could Read and Write Chinese Characters
The World of the Public Official
F.The End of Tomb and Tumuli 古墳の終わりと墓
Chinese Characters and Wares
The End of the Tumuli

SECTION 2:Origins of an Ancient Realm

Find out how kofun, giant keyhole shaped burial mounds also known as tumuli, were built during the Kofun Period (approximately 300-500 A.D.).

This area of the museum also includes information on how the leaders who supervised the building of those monuments made provisions for the formation of their ancient realm.

A.The world of the Pit-Style Burial Chamber—The Shikinzan Tumulus 竪穴式石室の世界
The Pit-Style Burial Chamber
a.The World of Haniwa 埴輪の世界
B.Communities 王と民衆
A Concentration of Iron products
Storage Facilities
Community Management
b.The Burial Mound Construction Camp 古墳造営のムラ
The Sarcophagus
C.The World of The Corridor-Style Burial Chamber 横穴式石室の世界
Tumulus Clusters and Tomb Groups
Corridor-Style Burial Chambers
Yomi-No-Kuni – The Realm of the Dead
D.The Construction of the Largest Burial Mound 大古墳の造営
Time Scope—See the Process Used to Construct Burial Mounds
The Nintokuryo Tumulus
Tombs of the World
Objects for the Origins of an Ancient Realm

SECTION3:Modern Science and our Cultural Heritage

Learn how archaeologists use the latest scientific methods and technology to restore and preserve burial mounds, their building sites, and other ancient artifacts.

"Modern Science and our Cultural Heritage"

A.Restoration of a Shura (Wood Sledge) 修羅の保存
The Shura
From Site to Museum
B.Modern Science and Archaeology 現代科学と考古学
The Water Immersion Excavation Process
The Use of Radar Waves to Search the Soil of an Excavation Site
Using X-Ray Photography on Iron Artifacts
Dendrochronological Dates of Artifacts
Analyzing the Chemical Content of Clay Used to Make Pottery
Objects for the Modern Science and our Cultural Heritage.