• Kyodo


Seven bell-shaped bronze vessels from the early Yayoi Period (200 B.C. to A.D. 250) have been found in sand collected by a stone processing firm on Awajishima Island, Hyogo Prefecture.

The vessels, the oldest of them assumed to be from the second century B.C., were accidentally discovered last month in a mountain of sand brought from a coastal area in the city of Minamiawaji, prefectural board of education officials said Tuesday.

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