A skeleton of a man wearing metal armor has been found in Gunma, Japan. The armor dates to the early 6th century and is very well preserved.
The armor, of the "kozane yoroi" type, is made of small overlapping metal plates. It is of a type that was made in a small region far from where the man was found, and is associated with people of high rank. This is the first time this type of armor was found still being worn by its owner.
Archaeologists believe that the man was killed and buried when a volcano erupted, which is why the find was so well preserved.