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Ancient tomb in Japan found to be a pyramid

By T.K. Randall
August 16, 2014 · Comment icon 9 comments

An ancient Japanese tumulus. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 STA3816
The Miyakozuka tomb in the village of Asuka is now believed to have been built in a pyramid shape.
The large rectangular tomb, which was thought to have held the remains of Yamato Dynasty leader Soga no Iname when he died in 570 AD, is now believed to have featured a rare pyramid shape according to a new study conducted by the Kansai University's Archaeological Research Institute.

Iname was thought to have had strong ties with the people who originally migrated to Japan from China and North Korea, while the tomb itself may have been influenced by existing tumuli ( large mounds of earth and stones ) built on the border between those two countries.
The inference of a pyramid shape at the tomb was determined following the discovery of several stairlike structures at different points around the site, indicating as many as eight stone layers.

The mound would have been between 4.5m and 7m high and up to 40m in length.

Source: Japan Times | Comments (9)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by bubblykiss 10 years ago
Kansai Uni.....as in Kansai-ben? Which is analogous to Deep Southern accents in NA. So my inner monologue read the rest of the article with a southern twang.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Ichihara 10 years ago
pyramids are most logical shape to build to our ancestors. even if they built with spheres and not blocks it would be most logical solution. http://finance.yahoo...-180433456.html
Comment icon #3 Posted by bubblykiss 10 years ago
pyramids are most logical shape to build to our ancestors. even if they built with spheres and not blocks it would be most logical solution. http://finance.yahoo...-180433456.html To be fair the most logical shape to build in is a forever home....a hole in the ground to house corpse until such time as the ending of the world does whatever it is gonna do to the dead....
Comment icon #4 Posted by hellwyr 10 years ago
500 ad is ancient`?
Comment icon #5 Posted by TheSpoonyOne 10 years ago
500 ad is ancient`? I might be wrong, but I think in terms of Japanese history it might be, at least I was under the impression that Japanese history, at least going far back, is a relatively new field of research compared to other civilisations, and that there's a lot to be learned even now, also I was under the impression that we're still not sure exactly who the Japanese were before they came to Japan, the Jomon culture I mean, and what their relationship was with the Ainu type people who inhabited it before them. Of course we might actually know all this and I just don't...in which case ig... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by Silent Trinity 10 years ago
Fascinating structure! Are there any continents that don't have pyramidal tombs? Seems they are a worldwide phenomena, connected or just logical building methods learned independently by different cultures at different time? Fascinates me as an impartial observer nonetheless!
Comment icon #7 Posted by PersonFromPorlock 10 years ago
I've posted this before, but Will Cuppy is always worth quoting again: The fact is that building a pyramid is fairly easy, aside from the lifting. You just pile up stones in receding layers, placing one layer carefully upon another, and pretty soon you have a pyramid. You can't help it. In other words, it is not in the nature of a pyramid to fall down…
Comment icon #8 Posted by Zip Monster 10 years ago
The step pyramid-shaped tomb is interesting but, I really like the carved stone found in the same area - known as the 'Rock Ship of Masuda' *Snip* It looks like something you would find in Peru. Now that is interesting. Huuuum. Zip Monster
Comment icon #9 Posted by Simbi Laveau 10 years ago
Oooowwwwwww


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