Two holes were found in an ancient burial mound in Gyoda City, Saitama Prefecture, which is designated as a national special historic site.
The prefectural education bureau believes that someone may have dug a hole to steal the burial goods, and will submit a damage report to the police on suspicion of violating the Law for the Protection of Cultural Properties.
The hole was dug in Mt. Futago, which was built in the first half of the 6th century and is believed to be the tomb of the ruling class that ruled this area. It is an ancient tomb.
According to the prefectural education bureau, a curator at the museum that manages the burial mounds on the 26th entered the burial mounds to confirm the current state of the burial mounds, and found two holes that seemed to have been dug by someone near the top. about it.
The hole is
▽ 1.2 meters long, 60 cm wide and 1.9 meters deep, and
▽ 90 cm in diameter and 2.5 meters deep
. about it.
A fence has been set up around the burial mound, making it off-limits to the public. In addition to submitting a damage report to the police, we will consult with the Agency for Cultural Affairs about methods of restoration.
The prefectural education bureau commented, "It's a very unfortunate and unforgivable act. In the future, we want to create a system that allows regular patrols of the burial mounds."