Terado Otsuka-kofun Tumulus (寺戸大塚古墳)
The Terado Otsuka-kofun Tumulus is one of the tumuli in Muko-kyuryo Hills. It appears to have been constructed in the middle of the early Kofun (tumulus) period. It is slightly tilted west with a pit rock chamber in both the front square and the back circular part. A triangular-rimmed mirror excavated in the tumulus seems to be in an isomorphic relationship with the one from the Tsubai Otsukayama-kofun Tumulus. This suggests that the one who was buried in the Terado Otsuka-kofun Tumulus may have been a subject of the person buried in the Tsubai Otsukayama-kofun Tumulus.
Most of the front part is lost as earth has been added to the bamboo forest.
At the top of the mound there is an eight meters square site lined with haniwa clay figures, immediately below where the stone chamber lies.
The tumulus has an offering place for Haji pottery.
Size and Shape
The total length of the tumulus:
The frontal width
The diameter of the back circular part:
The burial facilities
The frontal part has a pit rock chamber with 5.2 m in length, 1 m in width and 1.3 m in height.
In the back circular part there is a pit rock chamber with the length of 5.6 m, the width of 0.8 m and the height of 1.6 m.
The Frontal Part
Mirror with a band of animal patterns in relief
Triangular-rimmed mirror with three deities and three animals encircled by a band of animal patterns
Mirror with geometric patterns and the four spirits
Kotoji-shaped stone products
The Back Circular Part
Small containers with lids
Magatama (comma-shaped beads)