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Jomons
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Jomons The Jomon people were located in Japan. The Jomon period was from about 1,500 BC to 300 BC. They were mostly known for their hunting, while the women focused on their pottery. The first pottery phase for the Jomons were made by using cords and were all made by hand, without the invention of the wheel. The word Jomon means “cord-marking” in Japanese. They used many tools and also enjoyed jewelry and figurines. They had little development with agriculture and didn’t use any kind of metal. The mostly used stone for knives, axes, etc. The Jomons lived in pit dwellings surrounded by open areas, but because of the climate changing, they had to move around a lot. Since the Jomon Period lasted so long, they were divided into different phases. Those phases were Incipient, Initial, Early, Middle, Late, and Final. The Incipient Jomons were in the middle of the transition from the Paleolithic ways of life to the Neolithic. The Initial Jomons dealt with the climate warming up, which increased food supplies for them. The Early Jomons had large amounts of shell mounds, which showed that the Jomon people’s diets continued to come from the ocean. The middle Jomons marked the high point for the Jomon culture. They increased their population and production of hand crafts. The warming climate also reached its high point which caused a lot of movement in the mountain regions. The Late Jomons had to deal with the climate cooling down, which caused the people to move out of the mountains to settle in places closer to the coast, especially around Honshu’s shores. They are also responsible for new fishing technologies. The Final Jomons had a great deal of problems. The climate began to get very cold, which caused food to be less abundant and a large decline in the population. This was also the time when the transition period to the Yayoi culture began…...

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