From Villages to Kingdoms

A History of Japan

30-07-2020 • 14 mins

The early Yayoi period was largely egalitarian, with village leaders being chosen on their own merits. By the end of the period, a strict hierarchy emerged between commoners and a hereditary elite. In this episode, we'll explore the broad strokes of how this change came about, and explore the archaeology that informs our understanding.

Check out the supplemental blog post for images of relevant bronze goods!

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