Sites & cities that bear the name of Odai Yamamoto

Odai Yamamoto

Today in : Japan
First trace of activity : 14,500 B.C.E
Last trace of activity : 14,000 B.C.E
Recorded names : Ōdaiyamamoto ichi iseki, 大平山元I遺跡, Odai Yamamoto I site

Description : The Odai Yamamoto I site (大平山元I遺跡, Ōdaiyamamoto ichi iseki) is a Jōmon-period archaeological site in Sotogahama, Aomori Prefecture, Japan. Excavations in 1998 uncovered forty-six earthenware fragments which have been dated as early as 14,500 BC (ca 16,500 BP); this places them among the earliest pottery currently known. As the earliest in Japan, this marks the transition from the Japanese Paleolithic to Incipient Jōmon. Other pottery of a similar date has been found at Gasy and Khummy on the lower Amur River. Such a date puts the development of pottery before the warming at the end of the Pleistocene.

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