Aikens, C. Melvin. The Yayoi period

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Title: The Yayoi period

Published in: Prehistory of Japan

Published By: Prehistory of Japan New York: Academic Press, 1982. 187-250 p.: ill., maps

By line: C. Melvin Aikens, Takayasu Higuchi

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2004. Computer File

Culture: Yayoi (AB80)

Subjects: Location (131); Cereal agriculture (243); Woodworking (322); Ceramic technology (323); Lithic industries (324); Smiths and their crafts (326); Dwellings (342); Settlement patterns (361); Weapons (411); General tools (412); Utensils (415); Burial practices and funerals (764); Chronologies and culture sequences (911); Cultural stratigraphy (912);

Abstract: Aikens and Higuchi write an overview of the Yayoi culture. A diversity of topics are covered. They discuss the transition from Jomon to Yayoi, the continuities between the two periods, and the spread of Yayoi. '…[S]ite summaries … illustrate the most important cultural characteristics and developments of the Yayoi period, with attention focused on Kyushu, where the culture first appeared, and the Kyoto-Osaka region, where it reached its highest development….[The chapter closes] with a partial account of Yayoi period culture as seen through the eyes of early Chinese historical chroniclers…' (page 199). The site summaries include descriptions of technology, settlement patterns, cemeteries, house structures, food production, etc. The concluding pages include a translation of a portion of the WEI CHIH, which describes the Yayoi people, government, the instalation of Queen Himiko and what happened after her death.

Document Number: 1

Document ID: ab80-001

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Field Date: not specified

Evaluation: Archaeologist-4

Analyst: Sarah Berry ; 2003

Coverage Date: 2300 B.P.-1700 B.P. (300 B.C.-300 A.D.)

Coverage Place: Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku; Japan

LCSH: Yayoi culture


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