• Spring Special Exhibition: “Animala and Archaeology―Love, Utilize, and Eat”

    Apr. 20 (Sat.) – Jun. 30 (Sun.), 2024

      Animals have played a major role in people’s daily lives since ancient times. In recent years, zooarchaeological research, which involves the scientific analysis of animal bones and other items excavated from archaeological sites, has progressed, revealing the reality of animal use in past societies.
      While introducing zooarchaeology, this exhibition clarifies what animals there were in the environment in which humans lived, and how humans and animals interacted. It will be an exploration of the history of our ancestors’ relationship with the animals they ate, used, and loved, based on archaeological record, such as animal bones and animal-shaped clay figures.

  • Summer Project Exhibition: “Hyogo’s Latest Excavation Research Results 2024”

    Jul. 13 (Sat.) – Aug. 25 (Sun.), 2024

      This exhibition showcases the latest findings of the excavation research conducted by the Hyogo Prefectural Board of Education in FY2023 at Okidai archaeological site (Taishi Town), Saimura archaeological site (Himeji City) and other places. Also presented are the artifacts from Ikaruga-kita archaeological site (Taishi Town) and Hiromine archaeological site (Toyooka City) included in the report that was published in the same fiscal year as part of the process of sorting and documenting excavated artifacts. At the same time, among the museum’s collection from the five districts of Hyogo, artifacts from the Tajima region are featured. Items that show the local history and characteristics are on display, including those related to ancient governments from the Fukada and Hakaza archaeological sites (Toyooka City).

  • Autumn Special Exhibition “Changes in Armor―From the Yayoi Period to the Edo Period”

    Sep. 14 (Sat.) – Nov. 24 (Sun.), 2024

      The conflicts between groups, which intensified after the Yayoi period (circa 10th century B.C. – 3rd century A.D.), not only led to the production of weapons to attack the enemies, but also armor to protect themselves. The armor evolved in response to changes in the social environment and fighting styles, with improved functionality such as defensiveness and mobility. On the other hand, armor in every age always has been decorated with ornaments that seem functionally unnecessary.
      This exhibition presents a collection of typical armor from the Yayoi period to the early modern period (up to the end of the Edo period in 1868), which was excavated or has been passed down over generations to trace its evolution and explore the emotions of the samurai who wore the armor in battles.  

  • Winter Project Exhibition: “Tombs from the Yayoi Period―Burial Mounds Surrounded by Square Ditches in the Tamatsu-Tanaka Archaeological Site”

    Jan. 18 (Sat.) – Mar. 16 (Sun.), 2025

      The Tamatsu-Tanaka archaeological site in Nishi-ku, Kobe has been excavated and found to contain well-preserved residential, burial, and production areas from the mid-Yayoi period (circa 1st century B.C.), making it possible to reconstruct a village from that period. The burial mounds surrounded by square ditches were found in the burial area. Since they were well preserved, the wooden coffins that contained the bodies and human bones remained.
      This exhibition introduces the burial methods of the Yayoi period by displaying the earthenware offered to these burial mounds, the wooden coffins, and the stone arrowheads and tubular beads excavated from inside the wooden coffins.

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