Results of recent research indicate that the Yayoi Period lasted for over 1,000 years from the 10th century BC to 3rd century AD. Many changes occurred during this period: rice farming in paddy fields became prevalent; people began to use metalwork; active exchange with the Asian continent started; and society grew from villages to a State. These changes have led up to today’s lifestyles. Various topics related to the Yayoi Period will be introduced in an easy-to-understand manner to inspire interest in a wide range of age groups, including children who are learning history.
Earrings, mirrors, and other artifacts made of gold, silver, and bronze excavated from archaeological sites in Hyogo will be on display. The exhibition will also introduce excavations on mine sites.
During the Warring State Period (from the 16th to 17th century), many battles that changed the course of Japan’s history occurred in Hyogo because it is located near Osaka and Kyoto, the main arena of politics in medieval Japan. This exhibition showcases portraits, historical materials, and arms/armors of Akechi Mitsuhide and warlords of his period who played active roles in battles. In addition, documents describing the conditions of the battles in various places and archaeological materials excavated from related castle ruins will also be on display.
The latest archaeological research results are presented in this exhibition. Selected items from excavations undertaken by Hyogo Prefecture and those from archaeological sites appearing in the research report will be on display.