The Story ofMichinoku Gold

A set of gold extraction tools



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These are tools that were used to collect gold dust in rivers and extract gold from ore. The collection of gold dust, which began over 1,000 years ago , took root as an occupation of people in the region through the early-modern era permit system. Even in gold mines where gold was extracted from ore, gold collection continued through individual businesses even after the mines ceased large-scale operation. That practice took root in the villages, where gold-collecting operations continued until recent years. These are tools that were incorporated into everyday life and continued to see use for many years.

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undesignated (Folk Materials)

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