Perhaps it is right to feel the romance of ancient history in ancient tombs, but it was difficult to feel the romance of ancient history when I visited the Saitama Kofun Tumulus Group in Gyoda. Certainly, there are eight posterior round mounds and one round mound remaining (it is said that there were many more mounds remaining before the Showa Period), and the cluster boasts a scale that is suitable to be called a theme park of ancient history. However, there is not enough history to evoke romance.
The Sakitama Kofun Tumulus Group was built between the late 5th and 7th centuries. It is not known who is buried in these huge burial mounds. Although it is thought that the burial mounds belonged to a powerful family under the control of the Yamato royalty because of the construction of the front-rear circular mounds, the burials are not clear, and the romance of the burials will not be exciting unless we know the personalities of the interred people.
As with the Daisenryo Kofun tumulus and the Hashihaka Kofun Tumulus, the romance of ancient history does not flourish without a portrait of the burial, whether it is correct or not. It was the same when I visited the tombs in Gyeongju, South Korea. Even if the burial mounds are historically valuable and the excavated artifacts are wonderful, they will not be a catalyst for the imagination of an archaeology enthusiast if the personalities of the interred remains are unknown.
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