The ancient inhabitants of the Japanese archipelago seem to have eaten seaweeds. In fact, remains of marine algae such as Eisenia and Sargassum are often found mixed with shells and fish bones in relics of aborigines of the Jomon-pattern (BC 300–6000) and Yayoi-pattern eras (BC 300–AD 400) in Japanese prehistory.
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Nisizawa, K., Noda, H., Kikuchi, R., Watanabe, T. (1987). The main seaweed foods in Japan. In: Ragan, M.A., Bird, C.J. (eds) Twelfth International Seaweed Symposium. Developments in Hydrobiology, vol 41. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-4057-4_2
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