Jomon Period


The Jomon Period is the earliest historical era of Japanese history which began around 14500 BCE, coinciding with the Neolithic Period in Europe and Asia, and ended around 300 BCE when the Yayoi Period began. The name Jomon, meaning 'cord marked' or 'patterned', comes from the style of pottery made during that time. Although the entire period is called Jomon, various phases can be identified based on the style and intended use of the pottery.

More about: Jomon Period


  • c. 14500 BCE - c. 300 BCE
    Jomon Period in Japan.
  • 14500 BCE - 5000 BCE
    The Incipient phase of the Jomon Period, earliest known pottery in the world made during this time.
  • 10000 BCE
    The Ice Age ends and land bridges recede leaving groups of people on an island that is to become Japan.
  • 5000 BCE - 3000 BCE
    The Early phase of the Jomon Period.
  • 3000 BCE - 1000 BCE
    The Middle phase of the Jomon Period.
  • 1000 BCE - 300 BCE
    The Late phase of the Jomon Period, rice farming and metalworking are brought to Japan.
  • 300 BCE
    The transition to the Yayoi Period.