【Sasebo Sightseeing】Iwashita cave: Historical site discovered by J.H. students| 中学生が発見した岩下洞穴:長崎県指定の史跡

Iwashita cave is located in the sandstone outcrop which is 200m high above sea level, on the southern slope of Mt. Ishimori. It was originally discovered by J.H. students brimming with full of curiosity in 1964 and official excavation started. Lots of ancient relics of Jomon-era (about 8,000 years ago) were excavated. Most of them were hunting tools like stone arrowhead and that remains are thought to be as one of the base of hunting and gathering society. 29 buried human bones were unearthed from the cave and it showed how they were buried after death at that time. It also tells us that the place for daily life and burying place were separated.

岩下洞穴は、石盛岳の南斜面、標高約200mの砂岩露頭に位置しています。昭和39年(1964年)に好奇心旺盛な中学生が発見し、発掘調査が行われ、縄文時代早期(約8000年前)を中心とする遺物が多く出土しました。石器群は、石やじり等の狩猟具が最も多く、狩猟採集の拠点的な遺跡と考えられています。洞穴からは埋葬人骨が29体出土し、当時の埋葬方式や生活の場と埋葬の場が分かれていたことも確認されました。

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