"Groundbreaking" discovery may give insight into Fujiwara-kyo, Japan's first capital

Researchers from the Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties are studying a series of square holes they believe may have held the foundation for an important building in Fujiwara-kyo, the nation's capital between 694 and 710.

“When the capital was relocated to Fujiwara-kyo, the east side may have been dedicated to residential quarters for imperial family members or for other important purposes," he said. "The discovery could be a crucial turning point in research on Fujiwara-kyo,” said Masashi Kinoshita, a professor emeritus of archaeology at Tokyo Gakugei University. He called the discovery "groundbreaking."