Return to Itazuke Archaeological Site

Some time ago, I visited Itazuke ruins. Since it wasn’t very clear whether I could enter or not, I decided to return with a friend (who’d never heard of it).

The site displays the oldest ruins in Japan of a rice-growing community, that thrived around the fourth and third century BC. The settlement consisted of a double moat and rice fields, fully equipped with irrigation ditched and sluices to channel water, around it.

Itazuke Ruins, Fukuoka, Japan

When excavating this site, no signs of houses were discovered. The pit dwelling in the pictures below were reconstructed based on the Etsuji Ruins in Kasuya Town (also in Fukuoka Prefecture), a site from the same time period. This type of housing was named after the Songguk-ri Site in Chungcheon Province (South Korea), were a similar kind of houses was found.

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After visiting the site itself, we also dropped in at the little museum which, other than a plethora of tools, clothing and earthenware, housed a cute but well-made model of the Itazuke rice-planting settlement.

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Our little field trip turned out to be very informative, and on top of that, the location also made for a great getaway with barely any people around and only the sounds of airplanes taking off nearby.

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