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UNESCO adds Osaka tombs to heritage list

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Ancient tombs are seen in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, last month.

The Yomiuri ShimbunThe World Heritage Committee decided to inscribe a group of ancient tombs in Osaka Prefecture to UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage List at its meeting in Baku on Saturday.

Collectively called the Mozu-Furuichi tumulus clusters, the group of burial mounds, or kofun in Japanese, was built from the late fourth to the late fifth centuries — during the height of the Kofun period (ca 300-ca 710) — on the southern Osaka Plain, which was a political hub at the time.

It is Japan’s 19th site to be added to the World Cultural Heritage List and the 23rd overall.Speech

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