Kiusu Earthwork Burial Circles

Chitose, Japan

Designated a national historic site in 1979 and again in 2019, the Kiusu Earthwork Burial Circles is a collection of mass graves constructed about 3,200 years ago. These eight burial mounds are still visible from ground level, a rarity among prehistoric cultures throughout the world. As a result, visitors can explore these burials and catch a rare glimpse into the social life and funerary practices of an era with few materials remain. Discover the deep connection between the living world and the dead at this archeological site. 



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Chitose, Japan
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Founded: 1200 BCE
Category: Cemeteries, mausoleums and burial places in Japan

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関清志 (3 months ago)
Early in the morning of October 12, 2022, I revisited for the first time in a while. Along Route 337, near the Chitose East Interchange. The Sutsutsumi Tomb is a mass grave built in the latter part of the late Jomon period (around 1200 BC) distributed in Ashibetsu City, Eniwa City, Chitose City, Tomakomai City, etc. Some are large with a diameter of over 50m. By the end of the Jomon period, almost none of them were made. I wonder if there was a big cultural shift in regards to burials. As burial goods, earthenware vessels, stone tools, clay figurines, stone plates, stone sticks, etc. have been excavated. A stone pillar that looks like a tombstone was also found. There are places where the surrounding embankments are partially overlapped and connected, so you can roughly understand the order in which they were built. The south side group is No. 12 → No. 5 → No. 2, the central group No. 11 → No. 4 → No. 1, No. 3 → No. 1, and the north side group No. 14 → No. 6. There are various theories as to why the Zhoutsutsumi Tomb was built. Some people are advocating inheritance from the stone circle, but the situation is still unknown. It was designated as a national historic site in 2019 and registered as a World Heritage Site in 2021.
Kaz Noppo (3 months ago)
You can still clearly see the ring-shaped embankment in the forest. The scale is larger than I thought, and there are still many left to overlap. Since it became a World Heritage site, it is not possible to freely look around like before, and it is a tour from a limited route. Rules for saving. However, there is not much difference in height from the topography, so it is difficult to capture the whole picture three-dimensionally. When I am free, I will ask the guide at the information desk. It is said that the tour from the national highway is prohibited for safety reasons because the sidewalk is narrow (although it is the most visible). It's a pity that the national highway divides the ruins
瀬戸菊次郎 (8 months ago)
A donut-shaped circular tumulus. It seems that multiple people were buried. Speaking of tombs, it is normal to build a high center, but the center is low here. I've never seen this. There is a temporary information center. A free guide volunteer will explain at just every hour. The time required for the tour is about 10 to 15 minutes at the site alone if you go around alone.
K K (11 months ago)
Congratulations on the registration of the "Jomon Archaeological Sites in Hokkaido and Northern Tohoku" as a World Heritage Site. I'm going to see it in the middle of the day, and I'm going to visit. Since there are no people yet, probably because the awareness is low, I took a leisurely look around the ruins of the Jomon period. Unlike other Jomon archaeological sites, I didn't expect anything to happen, but I enjoyed it. I think it's better to go relying on the navigation because it feels like you'll pass by the place carelessly. The parking lot was large.
荻野安史(gopan) (2 years ago)
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