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Monday, 13th September 2010
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Empress tomb discovered in Japan

A tomb in Asuka, Nara Prefecture, is thought to be that of an empress and her daughter.

Researchers believe the discovery of distinctive octagonal stone paving at the site could mean the tomb dates back to the eighth century and is likely to belong to the Empress Saimei and her daughter, Princess Hashihito, reports the Japan Times.

However, the Imperial Household Agency already believes that a tomb in Takatori, Nara Prefecture could be the tomb of the same empress. However, researchers from a local education board claim there is little evidence to confirm that finding.

The discovery of the octagon stove paving, which is made-up of around 7,200 stones and measures nine metres per side, could now lead to further investigation into other tombs identified by the Imperial Household Agency.

Created in 1889, the agency, previously named the Imperial Household Office and the Imperial Household Ministry, is based in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

Written by Susan Ballion.