Exhibition of archaeological finds from Sakitari Cave starts
A special exhibition titled “The era of Minatogawa people and afterwards – the origin of the human history and its development in Ryukyu archipelago” started Tuesday at Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum in Omoromachi, Naha City.
The exhibition includes the world-oldest fishhooks that are 23,000 years old recently found in Sakitari Cave in Nanjo City, as well as 30,000-year-old human bones. Both are exhibited to the public for the first time. Archaeological discoveries from both Japan mainland and Okinawa are included in the exhibition. Images of Paleolithic men on Okinawa allow visitors to compare their features to those of people from other Asian countries.
On the opening day of the exhibition, about 30 of representatives of Nanjo City, the location of the Sakitari Cave, as well as children from Hyakuna Elementary School were invited to attend.
Keishun Koja, the mayor of Nanjo City, said in his greeting, “I am very proud that Nanjo City is the hometown of precious archaeological findings, and I look forward to more excavations and discoveries in the future.”
A schoolboy from Hyakuna Elementary School visiting the exhibition on the opening day said, “I was thrilled to see a lot of artifacts for the first time, and I enjoyed the exhibition to know what I did not learn at school.”