Location: Yamatomachi, Ise City
The excavation of the Kakuregaoka Ruins, which began as a preliminary survey accompanying the construction of municipal housing in 1983, revealed ruins over an area of approximately 2,300m 2. Major traces (structural remains) and tools (relics) used in daily life found here suggest that the site mainly consists of an early Yayoi period village and a collection of Heian period ruins.
Yayoi Period Village (10B.C. - 3Century mid)
The twenty-two individual pit dwellings and major drainage channels from the late Yayoi period found in these invaluable ruins are the first such discoveries made in the area surrounding the Ise Jingu on the right bank of the Miya River. Relics excavated from the site include earthenware such as urns, jars and small one-legged trays as well as stoneware such as axes, etc. These show that a village had developed on the plateau overlooking the alluvial plain along the Seta River below.
Collection of Heian Period Ruins (Late 7 Century - Late 11 Century)
The remains and relics discovered here suggest that this is a collection of Heian period buildings. Remains include earth pits, a group of six stilt buildings composed of large, burrowed postholes more than a meter long on each side with their roof-top ridges all pointing in nearly the same direction, and to the north, a group of three buildings within which the rows of pillars are almost perfectly in line. Relics include green-glazed pottery, Haji pottery (jars, cups and plates), Sue pottery (cups and jars), ash-glazed pottery, and Shima-style earthenware for making salt.
The scale of the buildings and discovery of special types of earthenware suggest that this was not a standard village. It is thought to have been a residential area for priests including Yasuhira, Hikoharu and Sadakatsu of the Watarai Clan who served as priests at the Geku which were known at the time as “O-no-e-nokami.”
Ise City Board of Education