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Mt. Atago November 3, morning light on Kofun tomb

Mt. Atago November 3, morning light on Kofun tomb

The largest of the dozen or more tumulus graves is #21, according to its nearby signboard, it measures 35 meters in circumference and is shaped by circle and trapezoidal piece, together resembling an old-fashioned skeleton key keyhole. Creating such a mass of earth and perhaps including a stone-lined chamber might take a modern crew with power equipment a few hours or perhaps a day. But for people of the 400s or 500s CE this creation will have been a major project built one basket of soil at a time. The fact that this location is 70-80 meters above the surrounding valley floor made the logistics all the more complicated and remarkable.
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Photo taken @ Echizen-shi on 3 November 2017 (© anthroview / Flickr)

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