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News: 2nd Century Wooden Mask Unearthed in Nara, Japan

Archaeologists working at the Daifuku archaeological site (大福遺跡) in Sakurai (桜井), Nara Prefecture, Japan, have unearthed a fragment of a wooden mask thought to date back to the mid to late 2nd century. The mask is made of Japanese umbrella pine and bears a strong resemblance to a mask that was found at the Makimuku archaeological site (纒向遺跡) in 2007. Makimuku is a site under much scrutiny in Japan because it is considered a ... [Continue Reading]

05/06/2013 // 2 Comments

Daily Links – 2nd, 3rd and 4th April 2013

90th anniversary of the curse of Tutankhamen – how a modern myth was born (University of Manchester) On the eve of the 90th anniversary of the death of Lord Carnavon, Egyptologist Joyce Tyldesley explains why the curse of Tutankhamen is nothing but a myth. (Author’s comment: 90 years later and newspapers are still creating modern-day myths of their own) The Beginnings of CONsent (16-Bit Sirens) Inspired by Megan Marie’s article ... [Continue Reading]

04/04/2013 // 3 Comments

Have Archaeologists Discovered Himiko’s Tomb?

Queen Himiko (卑弥呼) and her kingdom, Yamatai (or  Yamatai-koku) (邪馬台国), play a central role in Tomb Raider 2013. But did you know that in February 2013, a group of researchers were granted access to a burial mound in Sakurai (桜井), Nara Prefecture, Japan, which may be the final resting place of this mysterious queen? The location of Yamatai-koku is a subject of intense debate within Japanese archaeological circles. Some believe ... [Continue Reading]

11/03/2013 // 6 Comments

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