A stable isotopic constraint on the origin of sulphur ore excavated from the exotic four-lobe jars that prevailed during late medieval to early modern times in Sakai (Osaka), south-western Japan

C. Mizota, T. Yamanaka

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Abstract

Stable sulphur isotope ratios were determined for native sulphur ore that was excavated from exotic four-lobe jars in Sakai, south-western Japan. The jars were buried after a fire event that occurred on 28 April 1615. The sulphur isotopic results (average δ34S=+0.5‰) were evaluated in terms of comparing ancient documents with a database from new sulphur collections. The origin of the sulphur ore is estimated to be transportation from native sulphur deposits formed around the solfataric fumaroles from Mts Garan and Kuju-Iwozan, in central-eastern Kyushu. These analytical results support the validity of history based on the analysis of ancient documents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-174
Number of pages9
JournalArchaeometry
Volume57
Issue numberS1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2015

Keywords

  • Early 17th Century
  • East Asia
  • Gunpowder Ingredient
  • Japan)
  • Maritime Trading Network
  • Sakai (Osaka
  • Stable Sulphur Isotope Analysis
  • Volcanic Native Sulphur

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Archaeology

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