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Conservation of the mural paintings of Takamatsuzuka and Kitora Tumuli


 Conservation works are being conducted in Asuka-mura, Nara Prefecture for the mural paintings of Takamatsuzuka and Kitora Tumuli. The Institute is involved in investigations and research to work out a conservation policy. Also, in collaboration with the Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, we are conducting scientific research on the materials used for the mural paintings of each tumulus. Cleaning of the painting surface on Takamatsuzuka Tumulus entered the final adjusting phase, and stabilizing of The plaster has begun. For Kitora tumulus, the fragments of mural painting have been reconstructed, and the mural paintings are exhibited in the new museum. These conservation works for both mural paintings are based on current study of the restoration materials project.

Conservation work points with consolidation on the painting
of Takamatsuzuka Tumulus (Asuka Bijjn on the west wall)

Maintaining work on reconstructed the paintings of Kitora Tumulus

New discovery of a terrace structure at Ta Nei temple, Angkor


 Ta Nei in Angkor, Combadia, is a Buddhist temple built at the end of the 12th Century. The Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties has been providing technical supports for conservation and sustainable development project for this site undertaken by the Authority for the Protection and Management of Angkor and the Region of Siem Reap (APSARA).
 In the fiscal year of 2017, archaeological excavations were undertaken in order to reveal underground features with the support of the Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties. Before the excavations, the underbush along about 100m between the east gate and the west bank of the East Baray reservoir was cleared. As a result, remains of a laterite terrace structure was discovered on top of the bank. Therefore a small trench was opened in November and December, 2017 and full-fledged excavations were undertaken in March, 2018. This revealed that the terrace structure was cross-shaped and measures 13.8m from east to west by 11.9m from south to north. A number of fragments of roof tiles discovered around the structure and pits on the terrace structure strongly suggests that wooden structures originally stood on the terrace structure. This year we will continue excavations in order to reveal underground features including an approach connecting the terrace structure and the east gate.

Excavations of the terrace structure

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