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Sword hints at spread of calendar use in Japan
FUKUOKA--A sword that was recently discovered in an ancient burial mound bears an inscription indicating a specific date in the year 570, providing the oldest known evidence of the use of calendars in this nation, according to the Fukuoka municipal board of education.
The inscription was revealed by X-ray examinations of the iron sword, which was excavated from the ancient Motooka tombs in Nishi Ward, Fukuoka.
Two of the inscribed kanji indicate the Chinese calendar year of Koin, or the year A.D. 570 by the Western calendar.
The 75-centimeter-long sword was found in …