A UNESCO advisory group on Wednesday recommended that archaeological sites from the Jomon period (10,000-200 BC) in northern Japan be added to the list of world cultural heritage.
The group is made up of 17 ancient sites in Hokkaido, Aomori, Iwate and Akita prefectures that reflect a hunter-gatherer society that has prevailed in Japan for over 10,000 years.
If registered during an online session of the World Heritage Committee between July 16 and 31, the locations will be Japan’s 20th World Cultural Heritage List.
Among the ruins, the village of Sannai Maruyama in Aomori, which dates back around 5,900 years, is home to a large settlement with the remains of tall buildings and roads laid out systematically. The Oyu Kanjo Resseki site in Akita, meanwhile, consists of a pair of large stone circles.
The Japanese government recommended the archaeological sites to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 2020, saying they represent an era that would have started 16,000 years ago with settlements based on hunting , fishing and gathering plants on the back of abundant food resources. .
Earlier this month, the UNESCO advisory committee recommended the addition of an island chain in southwestern Japan with dense subtropical forests to be added to the list of natural World Heritage sites.
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