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Jomon Ruins Cluster
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Picture of Relic Displays at Karuko Archaeological Hall
     Aomori Prefecture is famous for various ruins that have been unearthed throughout the prefecture, dating back over 10,000 years to the hunter-gatherer Jōmon era. Tsugaru City boasts its share of those ruins, including the Kamegaoka Ruins, where the Shakōki-Dogū clay figure was discovered, the Ishigami Ruins, the Kakegawa Ruins and the Tagoyano Shell Mound.
     The Jōmon relics unearthed in Tsugaru City come from the late and final Joumon periods, and include vessels made with bamboo, red and black lacquer, and glass balls. They are very sophisticated and have a high level of finish, a testament to the excellent artistry of the Jōmon peoples.
     In 1944, the Committee for the Protection of Cultural Properties in Japan designated the Kamegaoka Relics and the Tagoyano Shell Mound as sites of historical importance. While both sites can be visited in person (see right map), the contents of excavation are on display at the Karuko Archaeological Hall next to Tsugaru City Hall.

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