Unknown aspects of the British Museum. Series 3, Japan. 知られざる大英博物館 第3集は、日本
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ピラミッドや始皇帝陵とならぶ世界最大級の墓、巨大古墳。 3世紀から350年に渡る古墳時代は、文字資料がほとんどないため、未だ謎に満ちています。 その謎を解く鍵も、日本から遠く離れた大英博物館にありました。 今から120年前に、一人のイギリス人が日本から持ち帰った膨大な古墳のコレクション。 日英の合同チームは、収蔵庫に眠り続けていたコレクションの本格的な調査を開始しました。 そこからは、日本独自の進化を遂げた巨大古墳の知られざる実像が、浮かび上がってきます。

On Sunday, 8 July, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) will be airing a special programme in its Shirarezaru Daiei-Hakubustukan (Unknown aspects of the British Museum) series. The Sunday programme will focus on the 19th century British archaeologist William Gowland (see our earlier feature on Gowland) and his pioneering archaeological work in Japan.
 
The Sainsbury Institute reports that the programme about Gowland –
 
…whose exceptional collection of materials relating to ancient Japanese mounded tombs can be seen at the British Museum. These mounded tombs, or kofun, date from the 3rd to 7th centuries and include the final resting places of the ancestors of the Japanese Imperial family, and many are inaccessible today. The Sainsbury Institute is currently working with the British Museum and a team of specialists from Japan to survey this collection of artefacts and archives, including early photographs of many tombs which have long since disappeared, and materials excavated by Gowland from the Shibayama tomb in Osaka, where Gowland worked as a foreign specialist at the Mint between 1872 and 1888. Gowland?s meticulous excavation techniques and record-keeping allowed the team to reconstruct the inside of the Shibayama tomb. The programme features the Gowland Collection and ongoing related research in Japan, including at the Maruyama tomb, which has the largest burial chamber of any of Japan’s ancient kofun. Sainsbury Institute Research Director Nicole Rousmaniere and Head of the Centre for Archaeology and Heritage, Simon Kaner appear in the programme, one of three showing highlights from the British Museum marking the year of the London Olympics.
 
The programme will be broadcast on the 8 July at 9pm Japanese time (1pm British summer time).
 
More here and here.