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Sacred Texts and Buried Treasures: Issues in the Historical Archaeology of Ancient Japan

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The Japanese have long sought inspiration and legitimacy from the written record of their ancient past. The shaping of bygone eras to contemporary agendas began at least by the early eighth century, when the first court histories, namely the Kojiki and the Nihon shoki, were compiled. Since the late nineteenth century, historians have extensively mined these texts and other written evidence and by the late 1970s had nearly exhausted their meager sources. Fortunately for all those interested in uncovering the origins of ...

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Sacred Texts and Buried Treasures: Issues in the Historical Archaeology of Ancient Japan
1998, University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu

ISBN-13: 9780824820305

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