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Tuesday, 20th December 2011
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Japanese archaeologists uncover Emperor's lost sixth century pond

Archaeologists excavating a site in the Nara prefecture of Japan believe they may have uncovered the site of a famous pond referred to in historical records and poetry books.

The Municipal Board of Education in Kashihara, Nara, announced last week (December 15th) that they believe the excavation has revealed the remains of the ancient Iware Pond, the Mainichi Daily has reported.

Dating back to the late sixth century, the pond is mentioned in the Nihon Shoki (Chronicles of Japan) history text as well as a poetry anthology known as Manyoshu (Collection of Myriad Leaved) which was written in the Nara period.

The whereabouts of the pond were a mystery until now.

Near to the embankment site, archaeologists have found what they believe to be Emperor Yomei's quarters, which are also referred to in the Chronicles of Japan.

The Emperor, who was father of Prince Shotoku, ruled during the sixth century and died in 587.

Meanwhile, Japan's current rulers have signed a deal with US company Lockheed Martin to buy a fleet of F-35 fighter planes.

Written by Susan Ballion