Zanmochi Iseki – Lelang Commandery pottery appears at Yayoi site

10 Jan

Approximately 300 pieces of pottery originally made at the Lelang Commandery (Rakurou-gun 楽浪郡), a Han outpost located in the northern Korean peninsula and in existence from 108 BC-313 AD, have been found at archaeological sites within Japan — most in northern Kyushu. Only two sites have yielded Lelang pottery on Honshu, the main island of Japan: Eight shards found previously at Zanmochi Iseki (山持遺跡), located in Nishihayashigi-chou (西林木町), Izumo city (出雲市), Shimane prefecture, and a single piece recovered from the ocean off Kashima-chou (鹿島町), Matsue city (松江市), Shimane prefecture.

“Yellow” is roughly where the Lelang Commandery was located;

“Red” is Izumo city, Shimane prefecture, which is roughly the location of Zanmochi Iseki; and

“Blue” is Matsue city, Shimane prefecture, the ocean off of which yielded a piece of Lelang pottery.

The piece found recently at Zanmochi Iseki is a relatively complete specimen of Lelang pottery, standing approximately 17 centimeters tall and coming from a soil layer also yielding Jomon and Yayoi pottery. It is estimated to have been produced in the northern Korean peninsula sometime from the 1st century BC to the 1st century AD. The piece was molded on a potter’s wheel (rokuro 轆轤) and the bottom half shows sign of spatula (hera 箆) scrapings.

The Zanmochi Iseki flourished from the 2-11th century and has yielded numerous items of foreign provenance, bolstering the Izumo Plain’s significance as a center of trade. In addition to this relatively whole piece and the eight sherds of Lelang ware discovered  previously, undecorated pottery (無文土器) belonging to the southern Korean peninsula, such as Nukuto-style ware (勒島式土器) and Sankan ware ( 三韓土器), has turned up, as well.

Such finds allow us a glimpse into the activities of the magnate that dominated the Izumo Plain and the community that constructed the Nishidani Funbo-Gun (西谷墳墓群)

For more information, see the Zanmochi Iseki press release (PDF page 2) HERE and the 発掘調査現場レポート HERE.

山持遺跡:紀元前1世紀~1世紀に製作、楽浪土器出土--出雲 /島根

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