Hi all, I've done several searches but haven't been sucessful on finding any books that deal with archeology and the Samurai..Does anyone know of any books published related to this perhaps by a smaller publishing company?
Some are, but many of the battlefields are still in quite rural areas (Kawanakajima, Sekigahara for example), and artifacts are still to be found.
I can't really help on books to do with archaeological digs, sorry - I tend to read about the stuff after it's come out of the ground.
I have recently been reading about excavations from the Heian period and when I visited Osaka castle, there was some information about the digs there. What a lot of people don't realise about the reconstructed Osaka castle is that it isn't the Toyotomi-era version, it's the later Tokugawa version.
Here are the photos I promised from the archaeological site at the Battle of Kamakura. (sorry they aren't as crisp as I would like)
All in all, there were over 3,000 skeletons recovered, including 500 skulls from executed Hojo samurai. Sitting alone, seperated from all others were two skulls thought to be those of high ranking Hojo. One an elder, and the other much younger, thought to be an attendant or someone in 'training' to a higher position.
skeletons of slain horses
arrow wound to a warrior's skull, thought to be that of a monk