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Fig. 19 The south- western slopes of Mount Yatsugatake in central Honshu, in view of Mt Fuji, were the focus of some of the densest populations of the Middle Jomon. Sites including Tanabatake and Nakappara have produced some of the finest Jomon dogu. Encountering dogu37 resulted in the preservation of two of the most spectacular of all Jomon dogu ( see pp. 44, 51 and 55), and yet despite their physical proximity the circumstances in which they took place were quite different. 26 The south- western slopes of Yatsugatake are shadowed from the north-east by eight craggy peaks of the extinct volcano. To the west are the impressive heights of the Southern Alps; to the south, on a clear day, the unmistakable conical form of Mt Fuji rises above the horizon. On a series of gently sloping terraces, separated by clear streams arising from the area's abundant springs, from the Early Jomon onwards generations of Jomon foragers found an environment in which to construct their villages and raise their families. Food was readily available, from the fish such as salmon and smaller, sweet ayuin the rivers and the wild boar and deer that roamed the slopes, to the nuts, tubers and berries that were reliably produced by the deciduous forests covering the terraces, which also provided ample building materials and firewood. Higher up the slopes were rich deposits of a very important Jomon resource, obsidian. This black glass- like stone, forged in the heat of long- past volcanic eruptions, provided an unparalleled material for making very sharp stone tools. People came from far to

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