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Arts 2014, 3(1), 46-53;

Dating Petroglyphs from Fugoppe Cave, Japan

Naruto University of Education, 772-8502, Japan
Received: 9 September 2013 / Revised: 8 January 2014 / Accepted: 13 January 2014 / Published: 20 January 2014
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For over 20 years, I have tried to establish a relative date for petroglyphs in Fugoppe Cave, Japan. Unsuspected amidst debris accumulating from about 1300 years ago, the petroglyphs were rediscovered accidentally in 1950. From an analysis of petroglyphs on fallen rocks scattered randomly on the site floor, I argue that the artworks date from ca.1900 years ago. The cave itself, formed by wave action, saw its main occupation by pottery-making people from 1700–1500 years ago; although the petroglyphs on the rock walls predated their occupation, it seems unlikely that the occupants attached any meaning to them. View Full-Text
Keywords: rock art; petroglyphs; Fugoppe rock art; petroglyphs; Fugoppe

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