Japan Prehistory

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1. Stone Age

1.1. The stone age era in Japan have very little evidence of what happened at that time. But people have found many pottery from this era. This era has also shown that people have been hunting.

1.1.1. Paleolithicum Nobody knows exactly when humans first settled in the Japanese archipelago, but archeologists had found evidence of Paleolithic people living in Japan from around 35,000 years ago, although there are those who think the first colonizers arrived much earlier. Paleolithic Japan lasted for 20,000 years until about 10,000 years ago, which is when another distinctively different culture and a group of people called the Jomon began to live and spread out all over Japan. In Japan, The Paleolithic era is where people started to get to know pottery.

1.1.2. Jōmon culture Jomon culture is the earliest historical era of Japanese history which began around 14500 BCE, coinciding with the Neolithic Period in Europe and Asia, and ended around 300 BCE when the Yayoi Period began. Its name Jomon means 'cord marked' or 'patterned', and comes from the style of pottery made during that time. The time where this period is in the ending of the ice age. The Jomon people utilized hunting and gathering to fulfill their needs. Their diet has been found to consist of bears, boars, fish, shells, yams, wild grapes, walnuts, chestnuts, and acorns. Jomon people already improved their lifestyle by settling into villages.

2. Meaning of Prehistory

2.1. Prehistory is the period that begins with the appearance of the human being, about five million years ago, and finishes with the invention of writing, about 6,000 years ago. It is a long period divided into three stages: the Palaeolithic Age, the NeolithicAge and the Metal Age.

3. Metal Age

3.1. In the Metal Age, people started innovating in Japan. They didn't make many new things in this era, but there were impressive innovations that helped their daily lives at that time a lot.

3.1.1. Yayoi Culture (Copper Age) The Yayoi culture lasted from 300 B.C. to A.D. 300. The Yayoi people mastered bronze and iron casting. They wove hemp and lived in village communities with thatched-roofed and raised-floor houses. They employed a method of wet paddy rice cultivation, of Chinese origin, and continued the hunting and shell-gathering economy of the Jōmon culture.

3.1.2. Kofun Culture The Kofun Period got its name from the large mound tombs (kofun) that characterize and define the period. This period sees the full development of the early Japanese state, and it is a time of close contacts with the continent, especially with the Korean kingdoms. the Kofun Period is the last period in the Japanese prehistory timeline. It is Japan's protohistoric period. Sadly, this preiod doesn't have many evidence about it's existence.it doesn't have many significant contempoBut the Kofun Period is the beginning of Japanese history -- many records were compiled just after the period closed, and these records are based on older, contemporary documents that were destroyed or on oral histories still circulating at that time.

4. Japanese Prehistory

4.1. The Japanese Prehistory is called differently because of it's language, and it also started before many countries. Japanese people in past is known to love making artifacts, which gives many people nowadays sources of information for their historical research. Japanese people are also very smart and have made new fighting techniques and skills throughout their history.

5. Weapons and Tools

5.1. Weapons

5.1.1. Katana A Katana is a sword which Samurais (Japanese warriors) use as their weapon in wars or fights. They have really sharp blades and are very dangerous, which is why a Samurai have to be trained to be able to use this sword.

5.1.2. Kiseru Battle Pipes Kiseru Battle Pipes are pipes that Japanese people use to blow smoke at their enemies. Japanese people use this weapon in times during wars and/or fights.

5.2. Tools

5.2.1. Stones Archaeologists Takashi Tamura and Sadakatsu Kunitake first found the stone tools in 2005 on the 1,795-meter mountain straddling Yaita and other municipalities. Their team found 441 stones from the valley cliffs in that area. Many people think that some of the stones are used to cut, poke, and shave items in that era.

6. Sources

6.1. The Stone Age | Boundless Art History

6.2. The Agricultural Revolution: Crash Course World History #1

6.3. https://www.tofugu.com/japan/ancient-japanese-weapons/

6.4. https://www.britannica.com/place/Japan/History

6.5. http://aboutjapan.japansociety.org/early_japan_50000bc_710ad#sthash.VTiDhRG0.dpbs

6.6. https://heritageofjapan.wordpress.com/