OSAKA — Five bronze mirrors were found in a tumulus in Takatsuki, Osaka Prefecture, reinforcing the theory that the ancient kingdom of Yamatai was in the Kinki region, instead of in northern Kyushu.

The Takatsuki Municipal Board of Education, which announced the finds August 1, said there is a possibility that the mirrors were given to someone who served the kingdom. The mirrors were found in a small tumulus at Amagoshono-machi, Takatsuki, which commands a view of a plain to the south where the Ama ruins from the Tumulus Period (late third century to seventh century) are located. This area is along the Yodo River, a vital ancient system for water traffic that empties into the Seto Inland Sea.

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