The Jōmon People of Ancient Japan: A Blueprint for Hope

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Divers inspecting the underwater site of Yonaguni in Japan. (nudiblue / Adobe stock)

The Jōmon People of Ancient Japan: A Blueprint for Hope

When considering an ancient civilization, especially one that has been largely unexplored, it is easy to form ideas based on unexamined assumptions. The phrase ‘Lost Civilization’ probably brings to mind megaliths buried in a desert or hidden beneath ocean waves. This is the vivid image conjured by Percy Bysshe Shelley in his classic poem, Ozymandias:

I met a traveler from an antique land,

Who said— “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone

Stand in the desert . . . Near them, on the sand,


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