Saturday, December 7, 2013

8,000-year-old pottery oldest found in Okinawa - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun

NANJO, Okinawa Prefecture--Pottery unearthed at a cave site in southern Japan dates back 8,000 years, making it the oldest in Okinawa Prefecture. The find also helps to shed light on a mysterious 10,000-year gap following the discovery of Minatogawa Man.

The results of the study by the Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum, announced Nov. 21, are firm evidence of humans in the Okinawa region before the Jomon Pottery Culture (c. 8,000 B.C.-300 B.C.) got started.

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Comment: The drawing above, is a duplicate of an image found carved on a cave wall in Yaese town in Okinawa. This is the only known image of Minatogawa Man in existence. It is believed that the reason that the pottery find, that is the basis for this story, was smashed is because of this image. Scientists theorize that the actual piece of pottery discovered was used to crack open the Minatogawa Man's head because Mrs. Minatogawa, while out shopping for the couple's next meal, discovered this image of her hubby and his mistress out on the town the previous Tuesday when he was supposed to be out bowling with the guys. The image was created by a well known local lithographer of the period and posted at the village information board near the local market. Lucky she didn't kill him... 

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