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Ancient Materials Department

The Ancient Materials Department handles historical sources from earliest times to the first third of the fourteenth century. This department compiles and publishes these sources chronologically in Part I-V of the Dai Nihon Shiryo series. In addition, the department investigatesthe oldest archive, which is extant in Japan, the Shosoin Documents, and publishes its inventoryin the Shosoin Monjo Mokuroku.


STAFF HONGO Kazuto, Professor


TAJIMA Isao, Professor


YAMAGUCHI Hideo, Professor
(Also Center for the Study of Visual Sources)


BANSE Akemi, Associate Professor


FUJIWARA Shigeo, Associate Professor


HORIKAWA Yasufumi, Assistant Professor


INADA Natsuko, Assistant Professor


KUROSU Yurie, Assistant Professor

The "Nizutsumi " Document Collection held at the Shosoin Repository

A preliminary examination of 8th century documents from the Todaiji temple later reused as wrappers for small quantities of red pigment
(nizutsumi).