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International Symposium to Commemorate the Designation of Unearthed Articles from Nonaka Kofun as Important Cultural Assets

2015-11-14 (Sat) 12:30 - 16:30

The Nonaka kofun is a square-shaped ancient tomb (37m on one side) made in the first half of the 5th century. It is located in Fujiidera, Osaka, and is the part of Furuichi kofungun [group of ancient tombs] in the southeast part of Hirano in Osaka. Osaka University's School of Letters started to excavate Nonaka kofun in 1964. Nonaka kofun is also a part of the Mozu & Furuichi kofungun, which was listed on the Tentative List of World Cultural Heritage sites in 2010.
Articles made by the latest technology at that time, including 11 sets of iron armor, were excavated from Nonaka kofun. The unearthed articles included important antiques for considering Japan's exchange with East Asian society. This symposium has invited up and coming researchers from Korea to discuss historical background of the construction of Mozu & Furuichi kofungun.

Mozu & Furuichi Kofungun and Ancient Japan-Korea Exchange

Date & Time: Saturday, November 14, 12:30 ~ 14:30
Doors open at 11:30.
Venue: Osaka University Hall, Toyonaka Campus
Venue capacity: 400 (Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.)
Attendance to this symposium is free.
This symposium is intended for the general public and all presentations will be conducted in Japanese.


  • Opening greetings
  • "The Significance of Excavation of the Nonaka Kofun and Unearthed Articles,” NAKAKUBO Tatsuo, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University
  • “Silla and Wa (Japan) -- Focusing on Mozu & Furuichi Kofungun,” PAK Ch'ŏnsu, Professor, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, Kyungpook National University
  • “Baekje and Wa (Japan) in the 5th ~ 6th Century Represented by the Shape of Kofun,” WOO Jae Pyoung, Professor, Department of Archaeology, Chungnam National University 
  • "Background Behind the Construction of Mozu & Furuichi Kofungun and the Situation in East Asia," FUKUNAGA Shinya, Professor, Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University
  • Round-table talk,“The Age When Mozu & Furuichi Kofungun Were Built”
  • Closing

Sponsored by: Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A), “Development of International Research on Tumulus Construction and Social Relations using Japan Kofun Research Resource” Research Group, Department of Archaeology, Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University

Co-sponsored: Osaka University Graduate School of Letters, The Museum of Osaka University

Supported by: Steering Committee for Promoting the Registration of Mozu & Furuichi Kofungun on the World Heritage List

In cooperation with: Kaitokudo for the 21st Century, Osaka University

How to apply:
Application deadline: Friday, November 6
Attendance is limited to the first 400 applicants.
Please register using this application form, or send us your name with furigana, address, phone and fax number, and email address by fax.
FAX: 06-6850-5106
Successful applicants will be informed by email.

We strongly encourage the use of public transportation to attend this lecture.
The venue is about a 15-minute walk from Ishibashi Station on the Hankyu Takarazuka Line or Shibahara Station of the Osaka Monorail.

Department of Archaeology, Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University

Date: 2015-11-14 (Sat) 12:30 - 16:30

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