added by archaeologs One of the many village sites of Yayoi rice farmers who settled in the lowland plains of Osaka, Japan, in the 1st century bc. The cemetery is of interest, because some members of the community were buried in small mounds surrounded by ditches, while most others were interred in simple pits. The difference must be a reflection of some complexity which was developing in Yayoi society. None of the dead, however, were accompanied by rich burial goods, in sharp contrast to the jar burial cemeteries in Kyushu, such as Sugu.
The Macmillan dictionary of archaeology, Ruth D. Whitehouse, 1983