Research Center for Buried Cultural Properties
The eight campuses of this university are built on top of some of the most famous remains from the Jōmon period down to modern times (Kurokami-, Honjō-, Ōe-sites among others) in Kumamoto prefecture. Therefore, whenever it is inevitable to dig into the ground for maintenance of the facilities of the campuses (construction or repair of buildings, infrastructure), archaeological excavations are carried out in order to save the remains.
This center emerged as one of the Inter-Department Institutes for Education and Research in October 2011 from the Research Office for Buried Cultural Properties, which undertook excavations since 1994. The center's objectives are documentation, preservation and practical use of the excavated cultural properties (sites and finds). Excavation results are presented to the public in annual and other reports, and visitors are always welcome to study the original finds.