*First broadcast on March 10, 2022. The Jomon period lasted from around 13,000 BC to 300 BC. This society of hunter-gatherers cherished peace, cooperation and a deep connection to the natural world. In the first of two episodes about the Jomon period, we look at the Sannai Maruyama Site. 6,000 years ago, a large settlement was established here. Okada Yasuhiro shows us around recreated buildings, and introduces various artifacts. He explains what they tell us about the Jomon people, and their outlook on life.
Peter Barakan handles a 5,800-year-old example of Jomon pottery
It is thought that stone circles were used for prayer, and as communal burial sites