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Ancient Urn Discovered By Robot at Bottom of Japan's Biggest Lake Mystifies Archaeologists
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A robot has photographed a nearly intact ancient urn at the bottom of Japan’s largest freshwater lake, according to Japanese national paper the Asahi Shimbun. This urn is an example of Haji pottery, earthenware characterized by a rusty reddish-brown color that came from being baked (exposure to fire oxidizes the minerals). It measures roughly 12 to 16 inches tall, with the opening at the top measuring roughly eight inches across, and likely dates to the 7th or 8th century, according to the Asahi Shimbun. read more


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