Ancient Japanese pottery includes an estimated 500 maize weevils

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Ancient Japanese pottery includes an estimated 500 maize weevils

Post by Gawdzilla Sama » Thu May 02, 2019 12:26 pm

Ancient Japanese pottery includes an estimated 500 maize weevils

Date: December 18, 2018
Source: Kumamoto University
Summary: Researchers have discovered an ancient Japanese pottery vessel from the late Jomon period (4500-3300 BP) with an estimated 500 maize weevils incorporated into its design. The vessel was discovered in February 2016 from ruins in Hokkaido, Japan. This extremely rare discovery provides clues on the cultivation and distribution of chestnuts, food in the Jomon era, and the spirituality of ancient Japanese people.

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Re: Ancient Japanese pottery includes an estimated 500 maize weevils

Post by scrmbldggs » Thu May 02, 2019 3:56 pm

They put them there as a warning for hungry bugs?
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Re: Ancient Japanese pottery includes an estimated 500 maize weevils

Post by Gawdzilla Sama » Thu May 02, 2019 4:11 pm

scrmbldggs wrote:
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They put them there as a warning for hungry bugs?
I did weird {!#%@} like that when I was forced to stay in bed for six months when I was 8 years old. The jar was probably a "stormy night" project for someone. Reading religion into it is a bit of a stretch from what I know now.
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Re: Ancient Japanese pottery includes an estimated 500 maize weevils

Post by Gord » Sat May 04, 2019 4:42 pm

They pressed bugs into the wet clay to leave impressions? And 90% of all such insect impressions so far discovered have been maize weevils? And the Jomon period was from 14500 BCE to 300 BCE?

But maize is South American. In the US, there's a type of maize weevil called the greater rice weevil. They must have named them backwards! Surely the maize weevils during the Jomon period were eating rice, and the rice weevils during that same period were eating maize in the Americas?

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