Reading Medieval Ruins: A Material History of Urban Life in 16th-Century Japan
Paper by Morgan Pitelka
Given at the University of Michigan on February 20, 2020
Abstract: The city of Ichijôdani served as the capital of Echizen Province for approximately one century during Japan’s late medieval period. It was a vibrant and successful urban center built around the residential complex of a warlord (daimyo) who had seized power in the civil wars of the late 15th century. This presentation will introduce the history and archaeology of the city and its residents, then consider the implications of its complete destruction in 1573 as part of Japan’s “unification” process.
Top Image: Asakura Yakata of Ichijōdani Asakura Family Historic Ruins in Fukui, Fukui prefecture, Japan. Photo by 663highland / Wikimedia Commons