The Wisdom of Ancient People

  • Bulletin of Gunma Archaelogical Research Foundation
  • Glossary
  • English Summaries from the Bulletin of Gunma Arcaherological Research Foundation
  • Guide to events

Aims History Tasks

The expansion developments of 2 motorways, the Kan-etsu and the Joshin-etsu, 2 Shin-kansan super express railway construction projects for the Joh-etsu and the Nagano lines have brought the rescue or project excavation numbers to Gunma at the same level as the other prefectures in Japan under the Cultural Properties Protection Law of 1950.
The Gunma Archaeological Research Foundation was established by the Gunma government as it was the sole agent for rescue archaeology in 1978, aiming to carry out research and study related to those large scaled public development excavation projects.
It strives to spread the concept of preservation of historical properties and contributes to promoting the development of culture among the prefecture's citizens.
In 1995 new buildings for the public services and for a third storage house were set up including; the Excavation Data Area, one of which, displays archaeological artefacts and offers hands on activities.
The Foundation has got the reputation of being a real archaeology resource centre and information facility where archaeology can be taught and where people are able to enjoy the past through various educational programmes and mediums.

1978 The Foundation's establishment was approved legally.
1978 Day to day work was set up in the office which was once used for civil engineering services.
1980 New prefectural buildings (constructed by the government for Gunma Archaeological Research Centre which is a government annexe) were set up for the Gunma Archaeological Research Foundation's present buildings, which is the prefectural agent for rescue archaeology projects in Gunma.
1984 Foundation's annexe building was built on the neighbouring area.
1986 Foundation's annexe office was established near the motorway construction project.
1992 Foundation's annexe building was removed.
1993 Foundation's annexe office was closed.
1995 The Excavation Data Area was opened.
1998 The two organisations for rescue archaeology, the Archaeological Research Centre (GARC) and Archaeological Research Foundation were combined into one, now known as Gunma Archaeological Research Foundation (GARF).

Main Tasks of the Research Foundation
(1) the examination of historical properties, the preservation, administration and utilisation of the research material of archaeological properties and excavations.
(2) the spreading of the concept of preservation of historical properties, the technical guidance for the research of historical properties, the publication of bulletins, mini-communiques papers, open lectures, open day papers of the facility and excavations, the excavations for education, training, experience, hands-on activities, the travelling exhibitions, the presentation of rescue excavations, the archaeologist's school visits, training session for school teachers, the publishing of reports for these activities.
(3) the collection, preservation and publishing of historical materials.
(4) the technical guidance for the research of historical properties for other local authorities.

Prefectural Boarol of Education
for the Foundation to use government facilities
to send staffs from the government to the Foundation
for the Foundation to maintin the government facility
the Foundation(GARF)
the Council Committee - theBoard of Directors
the Secretariat

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