Korekawa Archaeological Institution
Hokkaido, Aomori, Iwate, and Akita prefectures are lush and green, with beautiful natural sites such as the Shirakami Mountains and Shiretoko National Park, both World Natural Heritage sites, still preserved beautifully.
The Jomon ruins in Hokkaido and the northern Tohoku region are a precious cultural heritage that preserves the lifestyle and spiritual culture of the Jomon people, who settled here for more than 10,000 years by gathering, fishing, and hunting while enjoying the rich bounty of nature.
In recognition of its value, on July 27, 2021, the Jomon ruins of Hokkaido and the northern Tohoku region, including the Koregawa Stone Age Ruins, were registered as World Heritage sites.
The Korekawa Archaeological Institution is adjacent to the historic Korekawa Stone Age Ruins, and conducts research, stores, and exhibits the city's buried cultural properties.
The highlight of the exhibit is the Gassho Dogu (clay figurine in a sitting posture with clasped hands), which was excavated in July 1989 and designated a National Treasure in July 2009.
In addition, there are many excavated artifacts such as Jomon-era lacquerware and wood products excavated from the Koregawa Stone Age Ruins that demonstrate the high level of craftsmanship of the time.
Every Sunday, there is a space where visitors can experience various Jomon activities such as fire making and Jomon pottery making.
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