At the Yoshinogari site in Saga Prefecture, where part of the tomb believed to belong to an influential person from the late Yayoi period was excavated, the lid of the tomb was opened and the investigation of the inside began on the 5th. Inside, traces that look like they were painted in red, which have been confirmed in the graves of other influential people, were found, so Saga Prefecture, which is investigating, is further investigating whether there are any grave goods.
At the Yoshinogari site, a stone tomb made of stone from the late Yayoi period, a sarcophagus tomb, was unearthed in April this year in the center of the site where excavations have been carried out for the first time in 10 years.
Since the sarcophagus tomb was found alone in a vantage point, Saga Prefecture considers it to be an influential person at that time.
At the site, an internal investigation began at 4 a.m. on the 5th, and three of the four stone lids were lifted using heavy machinery.
The inside of the sarcophagus tomb was filled with earth and sand, and the prefectural government officials poked the surface with a stick-shaped object to check the inside.
According to the person in charge of the prefectural government, traces that appear to have been painted in red were found inside, and he said, "Many of the graves of the Yayoi period painted in red are of influential people, which provides hints for knowing who was buried."
At the Yoshinogari site, no graves of influential people from the late Yayoi period have been found so far.
Saga Prefecture will spend the next two weeks investigating the inside of the tomb to see if there are any grave goods, and it will be interesting to see if it will lead to the discovery of new clues from the era when the Evil Horse Province is said to have existed.