TABATA STONE CIRCLE, MACHIDA CITY, 3500~2800 BP
A mid-Jomon stone circle dating to 3,500~2,800 years BP.
Some pottery finds were excavated on site(see photo above), as well as pit graves(see photo below).
The tallest stones are smaller than the height of a man. They resemble the stone circle in the Shaanxi area of China, rather than those of the Central Asian steppelands.
The sun can be seen setting over the peak of Mt. Hirugatake (1673 m.) on the Winter Solstice day, and which can be viewed from the line up of pillars in the stone circle. ‘Hiru’ means ‘daytime’, a cognate for which is ‘sun’.
To visit the site, follow the access map and see address below:
Chibi 3112-2 Oyama-chou, Machida city, Tokyo 194-0212 【住所】東京都町田市小山町３１１２－２及び３１１３－２ 【地図】 see Google Map location page [A 5 minute walk from Tamasakai eiki/station
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