In Japan a farmer has discovered the tomb of the nation's oldest and most famous historian who died in the eight century A.
AV Hillside in Konose-cho near Nara, where tomb was discovered (2 shots)
GV & SV Officials examining newly-unearthed tomb (2 shots)
CU Tomb stone with copper epitaph
GV Site of tomb PAN DOWN TO cars arriving at site
SV Sightseers walking to grave (2 shots)
SV Children gathered at railings around site looking at tomb (5 shots)
SV Tomb site surrounded by farmland
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Background: In Japan a farmer has discovered the tomb of the nation's oldest and most famous historian who died in the eight century A.D. Ono Yasumaro was the compiler of the Kojiki -- Japan's first history book, describing the country's founding and the history of early Japanese rulers.
SYNOPSIS: The grave of One Yasumaro was discovered at Konose-Cho, near Nara -- which was once Japan's capital city. A local tea planter unearthed the tomb containing the bones of the historian while the fields were being tilled for planting. Japanese archaeologists and historians have described the discovery of the chronicler's remains as "one of the biggest finds of the century."
A copper epitaph -- found together with the remains -- states that Ono Yasumaro died on July the sixth, 723 A.D. and was buried in December of the same year.
The discovery has aroused great interest in Japan, and thousands of sightseers have made the pilgrimage to Konose-Cho. Ono Yasumaro also compiled another celebrated work, the Nihonshoki. The chronicle was written in Chinese characters which, at that time were still foreign to most Japanese. Some Japanese scholars believe Ono Yasumaro was distantly related to Emperor Jinmu, who commissioned the most famous of Yasumaro's works -- the Kojiki. Others theorise that he may have been a naturalised Chinese, due to his unusual surname. There is one point, however, on which all Japanese scholars are so far agreed -- the bones discovered in the grave are definitely those of Ono Yasumaro.