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Abstract

Species selection for wooden artefacts by ancient people in Japan: an inference from a database on the identification of archaeological wood remains.

Abstract

More than 1300 references on the identification of archaeological wood remains in japan have been compiled in a database (current to 1993) by the author. Drawing on this database, species commonly selected by ancient people for different purposes (buildings, agricultural tools, coffins, etc.) and changes in species preference by period and region are discussed, from Castanea crenata which predominated in the Jomon period (10 000-23 000 years ago) to the more common current use of Chamaecyparis obtusa and Cryptomeria japonica.