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Subhashis Das checking the azimuth of a menhir near Obra village

Writing in Megaliths of India Subhashis Das reports that –

Road making has destroyed a significant megalithic site in the outskirts of Obra village in Pathalgadda block of Chatra district in Jharkhand. The site is a primitive tribal memorial site having tall menhirs. The site already destroyed by villagers with many tall menhirs being lugged away by them, the road making has come as a blow to this tribal heritage of our country.

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Earthenware found in Kyoto’s Nakagyo Ward. Image credit The Mainichi Daily News

The Mainich Daily News reports on the 10 December that the Kyoto City Archaeological Research Institute (京都市埋蔵文化財研究所) –

…has unearthed earthenware in an excavation site, which is believed to be the remains of a residence for Fujiwara no Yoshimi, a prominent politician and court noble in the Heian period (794 to 1185).

The earthenware found is inscribed with black ink as “Sanjo-in Tsuridono Takatsuki” (Sanjo residence, palatial-style ‘tsuridono’ architecture, pedestal serving bowl). The Chinese character “in” in the inscription means a “great residence.” The research institute said the Chinese characters such as “in” inscribed on the pottery support the theory that the remains where it was unearthed were those for the residence of Fujiwara no Yoshimi. It was the first time that the location of a residence of an aristocrat within Heiankyo (present-day Kyoto) had been confirmed.

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