Prehistoric Man in Japan


IN an article on this subject (NATURE, vol. xxi. p. 350) by Mr. F. V. Dickins, there is a mistake in dates. He says: “The ‘adzuma’ or eastern region of the main island was probably peopled chiefly by an Aino race, up to the fourteenth or fifteenth centuries.” He hesitates to assign a higher antiquity to the Omori heaps (which were discovered by Prof. Morse) than the thirteenth or fourteenth century, and yet thinks it probable that they were the works of an Aino race. But the fact is that this part of the island was already inhabited by the present race, who had expelled the Ainos long before those periods. Consequently if, as he thinks, the heaps were the remains of the thirteenth or fourteenth century, they cannot be the works of the Ainos; if, on the other hand, they were the works of the Ainos, a much higher antiquity ought to he assigned to them. Such being the case, either one of his conclusions must be incorrect.

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SUGIURA, S. Prehistoric Man in Japan. Nature 21, 371 (1880).

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