MATSUE, Shimane Pref. – Two pieces of slate unearthed here — the oldest ever found in Japan — are from an ink stone imported from a Chinese colony set up in 108 B.C. on the Korean Peninsula, archaeologists said Thursday.
The ink stone pieces are the first product of Lolang Province to be discovered in Japan, they said. The province was established by Emperor Wudi of China’s first Han Dynasty (202 B.C. to A.D. 8) near present day Pyongyang.
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