Department of Archaeology, Kyoto University Collection: Research Photographs of Abuyama Tomb, 1934, 1987.

This is a collection of photographs of the 1934 excavation of Abuyama Tomb in Takatsuki City, Osaka Prefecture conducted by the Archaeological Institute at Kyoto Imperial University and Dr. Toshi Shida of the Abuyama Seismological Observatory. It is a valuable record of the discovery of a dry-lacquer coffin, most of which have decayed and no longer exist. Additionally, since it was reburied, at present this is the most important secondary material concerning the coffin. Furthermore, the X-ray film is extremely valuable to the history of science, as this was the first time X-rays were used in Japanese archaeology. Aside from 14 glass film plates held by the Department of Archaeology, these materials were stored at the Seismological Observatory, where they were rediscovered in 1982 and restored in 1987.

  • [Name of Creator(s)] Department of Archaeology, Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University; Abuyama Seismological Observatory, Kyoto Imperial University; Archaeological Institute, Kyoto Imperial Universit
  • [Date] 1934, 1982–1987
  • [Archivist and Date] 2018
  • [Extent] 36 glass film plates, 13 printed photos, 11 X-ray films
  • [Existence and Location of Copies] 67 metadata records
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