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The Second Phase Of Construction

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It is generally believed that after Tanetsugu?s death, the Hata family suspended its financial and technological contributions, and construction on the Nagaoka capital came to a halt. However, a more thorough study of the historical records and the results yielded by nearly six decades of excavations clearly show that a short while after Tanetsugu?s death, construction on the Nagaoka capital entered a second phase. From all the references to construction activity provided, we can safely conclude that steady progress was made on the Nagaoka capital and palace during the second half of the 780s. Thus, the transfer of the gates in 791 did not signify problems in completing the project but rather signaled the conclusion of the second phase of construction. The historical records as well as the archaeological excavations thus reveal that a second phase of construction was started around 788.

Keywords: construction activity; Hata family; Nagaoka capital; Nagaoka palace; Tanetsugu?s death



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