history of Funabashi in the Old Stone Age to the Jomon Period (ca. 35,000
years ago to ca. 4,400 years ago) was put in the newsletter of “Yokoso to
Funabashi” Vol.6, 7, 8 and 10.
Tobinodai Shell Midden is one of the ancient sites in the Earlier Jomon Period
(ca. 11,000 years ago) and also the oldest one of the shell middens in the
City. They lay on an easy slope and a tableland spread out on the right bank
of the Ebi River to the Tokyo Bay. These ancient sites range 350 meters from
east to west and 60-70 meters from south to north straddling the present
campus of the Kaijin Municipal Junior High School.
sites consisting of 19 House sites, 4 Pits, more than 400 Fire pits and 40
Shell middens were found out, and furthermore Jomon potteries with straw rope
patterns and stone tools of the Earlier Jomon Period were together excavated
at the area. Many kinds of bones of fishes, pheasants, Japanese deer, hares,
etc. in addition to shellfishes were found in the shell middens.
findings give us valuable clues to the life style of the people in those days.
present, the area made the debut as the Historic Park and Tobinodai Historic
Park Museum was built next to it. In the museum, many excavated articles are
now on display which were found out at the sites in the Jomon Period in
addition to the Tobinodai Shell Midden.
City, a lot of ruins of settlement in the Old Stone Age (ca. 30,000 years
ago), the Earlier Jomon Period (ca. 11,000 years ago), the Early, Middle and
Late Jomon Period (ca. 7,200 years ago – ca. 4,400 years ago), the Yayoi
Period (ca. 3,000 years ago), and the Kofun Period (ca. 1,800 years ago) were
found out and you will know how comfortable and favorable for living this
Funabashi area was.
is believing” Would you visit “Tobinodai Shell Midden” ,the designated
cultural asset of the City ?
Tobinodai Historic Park
Museum Tel. 047-495-1325
Location: 4-260-1 Kaijin Funabashi-Shi
minutes’ walk from Shin-Funabashi Station of the Tobu Line.
minutes’ walk from Kaijin Station of the Keisei Line.
minutes’ walk from Higashi−Kaijin Station of the
Toyo Rapid Railway Line.