Uwanabe-kofun Tumulus (a keyhole-shaped mound in Hokkeji Town, Nara City) (ウワナベ古墳)

Uwanabe-kofun Tumulus is a large keyhole-shaped mound located in Hokkeji Town, north of Heijo-kyu Palace Site in Nara City. Uwanabe-kofun (ウワナベ古墳) Tumulus is also written as "宇和奈邊古墳" in Chinese characters. It is located in the east end of the Sakitatenami-kofun Tumuli Cluster (Uwanabe-kofun Tumuli Cluster) consisting of just over 60 large or small tumulus in the vicinity.


In the Meiji period investigation was made by William Gowland, who was a British engineer in Osaka Mint Bureau and also a mountaineer. After returning to the United Kingdom in 1897, he published a monograph, 'The Dolmens and Mounds in Japan,' in which he referred to a certain tumulus (of which the name was not mentioned), but now the tumulus he mentioned has been analogically considered as the Uwanabe-kofun Tumulus.

Basic data
The width of the front square part: 129.5 meters
The diameter of the back circular part: 128 meters
The total length: 205.4 meters
The height of the front square part: 16 meters
The height of the back circular part: 19.8 meters

[Original Japanese]