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1,600-year-old chair found at Shindo ruins

A chair made around 1,600 years ago was discovered at the Shindo ruins in Kashihara, Nara Prefecture. Chairs made in the Kofun period (around 300 AD to 700 AD) are often found just as broken pieces. But this chair was unearthed in near-perfect condition, making it an extremely rare case.

The chair is 35 centimeters wide, 16 centimeters deep and 12 centimeters high. The seat surface is curved and there is rounded decoration on one side. The chair is believed to have been used in some kind of ceremony. The material is Japanese umbrella pine, which is hard and durable.

A lot of pottery and the bones of horses, which are thought to have been brought from the Korean Peninsula in that period, have been excavated at the Shindo ruins. A person in charge said, “This is an important discovery that proves there was a powerful group that absorbed new culture from the Korean Peninsula.”

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