ca. 200 BCE. Late Jomon period. Ceramic 'female' figurine unearthed from Inariyama Shell Mound, Mimami-ku, Yokohama-shi Kanagawa Japan. Cleveland Museum.

Late Jomon period, ca. Ceramic 'female' figurine unearthed from Inariyama Shell Mound, Mimami-ku, Yokohama-shi Kanagawa Japan.

Sea animal? Japanese ceramic figurine. Jomon-era. Hokkaido Japan. BC.1,200 - BC.800.

Sea animal? Japanese ceramic figurine. Jomon-era. Hokkaido Japan. BC.1,200 - BC.800.

Incipient Jomon (10,500–8000 B.C.). This period marks the transition between Paleolithic and Neolithic ways of life. Archaeological findings indicate that people lived in simple surface dwellings and fed themselves through hunting and gathering. They produced deep pottery cooking containers with pointed bottoms and rudimentary cord markings—among the oldest examples of pottery known in the world.

Incipient Jomon B. This period marks the transition between Paleolithic and Neolithic ways of life. This page has a few photographs of the pit firing process. Not a scholarly site, but interesting pictures.

国宝 土偶(縄文の女神) 縄文時代(中期)・前3000~前2000年 山形県舟形町西ノ前遺跡出土 山形県蔵 山形県立博物館保管

国宝 土偶(縄文の女神) 縄文時代(中期)・前3000~前2000年 山形県舟形町西ノ前遺跡出土 山形県蔵 山形県立博物館保管

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