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Monday, 1st June 2009
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Research team discover possible resting place of Queen Himiko

Archaeologists in Japan have unearthed what they believe to be the tomb of the famous Queen Himiko, the third-century ruler of the Yamatai Kingdom.

The 280-metre long keyhole-shaped burial mound located near Nara was initially thought to be a more recent site, but new radiocarbon dating technology has dated the construction between AD 240 and 260, with Himiko's death falling around 250.

This latest discovery is likely to fuel the ongoing debate over the historical location of the ancient Yamatai Kingdom.

According to the Telegraph, further investigation of the tomb may be prohibited by the Imperial Household Agency.

Professor Hideji Harunari of the National Museum of Japanese History said: "It is impossible to get permission because the agency says that our present emperor is descended from Queen Himiko. But I still believe the evidence fits and this is her tomb."

The location of the Yamatai Kingdom and the possibly shamanistic Queen Himiko remains a significant historical mystery in Japan, despite the descriptions provided in the ancient Chinese history text Wei Zhi.

Written by Mark Smith