Jumon Period (10000 BC – 300 BC)

Traditional Japanese legend maintains that Japan was founded in 600 BC by the Emperor Jimmu, a direct descendent of the sun goddess and ancestor of present ruling imperial family whose rein is called Jumon period. Jumon people were hunters, gatherers and fishers usually lived in a vertical caves in settled villages, suggests the existence of defined cultural group. They are named for their distinctive ceramic style what was thought to be the first pottery ever produced in the world history and unique polished stone tools, copper and bronze weapons and religious artifacts like bells etc.

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