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The Urban Centre At Nagaoka

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Even before the first traces of the Nagaoka grid plan were discovered in the 1970s, archaeologists had been debating how the city area was divided among its inhabitants and users. Was the city laid out according to agricultural land division methods, or did the planners follow urban land division methods? And if the method for urban land division was followed, was the city laid out according to the method used at the Nara capital or that used at the Heian capital? Or was the Nagaoka gridiron plan an intermediary step with its own characteristics? Another topic of debate concerning Nagaoka?s urban centre is the final usage of the various city blocks. As was the case with the palace enclosure, the urban centre of the Nagaoka capital possessed the basic characteristics common to all Chinese-style capitals.

Keywords: Chinese-style capitals; Heian capital; Nagaoka capital; Nagaoka grid plan; Nara capital; palace enclosure; urban centre

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