The 5th century Daisen Kofun, one of the largest of many tumuli in the Mozu Kofungun area, Osaka, Japan. Source Wikipedia
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The Sainsbury Institute announces that there will be a lecture by Akira Matsuda on the 20 September 2012 from 6pm -
 
There are approximately 160,000 identified kofun, or ancient burial mounds built from the 3rd to the first half of the 7th century CE (Kofun period), in Japan. The archaeology of kofun is often considered a key to understanding the state formation in Japan and attracts large numbers of Japanese archaeologists specialising in them. While it may seem natural that archaeologists studying kofun are interested in how they were ‘originally’ built and functioned, far less attention has been given to what happened to those mounds after the Kofun period, with the exception of some considered to be the resting places of Emperors. This talk takes a biography approach to several examples of kofun and examines how they were perceived, understood and used in various ways from the post-Kofun period to the very recent past.
 
Details here.