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Kofun keyhole tomb in Japan. Source: TM / Adobe Stock.

Unlocking Japan's Keyhole Tombs: Ancient Secrets (Video)


A sense of intrigue and mystery surrounds the enigmatic keyhole-shaped kofun tombs of Japan. These captivating monuments, exemplified by the renowned Mozu Tombs in Sakai city, Osaka, have recently been granted UNESCO World Heritage status, further adding to their allure. These tombs, shrouded in mystery, hold more than just the remains of the deceased. They offer a glimpse into the political and social dynamics of bygone eras, capturing the imagination of historians and archaeologists alike.

Magnificent in size, some of these tombs are even larger than the famed pyramids. But it's not just their dimensions that intrigue us; it's the intricate details within. Each element tells a story waiting to be deciphered. However, despite their significance, these ancient tombs remain shrouded in secrecy, guarded closely by the Japanese government. The limited knowledge available only heightens the sense of fascination surrounding these keyhole tombs, leaving us yearning to uncover their hidden stories and unravel the enigma that surrounds them.

Top image: Kofun keyhole tomb in Japan. Source: TM / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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