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The Archaeological center - a multi-functional center in Komatsu city

           On the 19th of April 2016, new comers like us in the CRM programs took part in an internship at the archaeological center in Komatsu city for the first time. There is a little suspense mixed with spreading joy in my thoughts.

The contents of the Archaeological center is divided into three main areas as follows:

1. The Exhibition room of archaeological artifacts

2. The working room for archaeologists

3. The experimental room of ancient techniques

In the Exhibition room, we listened to a detailed introduction about the history of Japan from the Jomon period to the Yayoi and Kofun periods through the archaeological remains that were found under the enthusiastic guidance of  the staff of the Archaeological center. There are hundreds of artifacts on display here made from various materials such as stone, wood, terracotta, and so on. They were used in agriculture and the daily lives of ancient people.  I was really impressed that I had the opportunity to touch a pottery vase from the Yayoi period thousands of years ago. With rudimentary techniques,the ancients people could build beautiful and admirable vase-shaped, symmetrical and external decorations made of pottery. Moreover, the decorations on the pottery probably reflect the spiritual life and the aesthetics of the ancient inhabitants that I can hardly understand.

Besides, there is quite a big store room very near to the Exhibition room with so many archaeological artifacts preserved at a constant temperature. We were also taken to visit the working room of the archaeologists as a backyard tour. This room is extremely large and tidy. It is clearly separated into spaces, such as a space for grafting pottery shards, a space for measuring and drawing pictures, a space for analyzing patterns of pottery and stone artifacts, and a space for keeping data. The workspace layout here is extremely convenient for archaeologists and that intrigued me. In my country, the workspace of the researcher is usually located separately and privately with galleries. Museums or research centers rarely allow visitors to enter the space or watch the staff at work. In addition, the display of an open-workspace in the archaeological center in Komatsu city seems also to be an attractive factor to stir up visitors’ interest  about the work of archaeologists. This is a different and good point of learning archaeological knowledge in the museums and research centers compared with my country’s case.

Next is the room of ancient experience. Welearned how to braid rope usingan ancient technique. We made beautiful rope using only five different colors instructed by the staff. At the end of the actual trip, we learned how to make a fire according to ancient methods with tools made of wood and sawdust. This approach made participants excited and generated communication because this activity needs everyone to work together to make something that all humans need.

Overall, the Archaeological center in Komatsu city, in my mind, is a multi-functional center not only for exhibitions, but also a good place for conservation, education and promotion of the cultural-historical values of Japan. This is a place to preserve and promote the heritage of the city of Komatsu kept by the enthusiastic staff.

This internship has left a deep impression on me. It gives menot only understanding, and knowledge about the artifacts in Komatsu, but also a lot of inspiration and motivation for the next trip.

  (N.H.N)

 

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