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Jōmon periodlocked

  • Bonnie Abiko


Period in Japanese archaeological and cultural chronology (see Japan §I 2.). The term Jōmon means ‘cord-mark design’ and was first applied by Morse, Edward Sylvester in 1879 to a period in Japanese prehistory during which pottery with this distinctive type of surface patterning was produced. The Jōmon period extends over ten millennia from c. 10,000 to c. 300 bc and on the basis of ceramic typology (see Japan §IX 2., (i), (a)) has been divided into six phases: Incipient (c. 10,000–c. 7500 bc), Initial or Earliest (c. 7500–c. 5500 bc), Early (c. 5500–c. 3500 bc), Middle (c. 3500–c. 2500 bc), Late (c. 2500–c. 1000 bc) and Final or Latest (c. 1000–c. 300 bc). The characteristic cord-marked vessels noted by Morse date from Early Jōmon.

Japan’s long and distinctive ceramic tradition has its origins in the Jōmon period, and pottery from the Incipient phase, for example from ...

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