Purpose / History


Purpose of establishing the Center

The Tokyo Metropolitan Archaeological Center conducts surveys and research of buried cultural properties in Tokyo, and works to foster a deeper appreciation for cultural properties among the residents of Tokyo. The Center also strives for harmony between the protection of cultural properties and area development, seeks to contribute to the cultural lifestyles of Tokyo residents and the promotion of regional culture.



History of the Center

The first buildings on the present site were built in 1985 following excavation surveys of the west side portions of the Tama Newtown No. 57 ruins.
The original purpose of this building was to store earthenware and stone archeological artifacts found in Tama Newtown. However, part of the attached facilities was built as an exhibition hall.



Timeline

September 1965 Founding of the Tama Newtown Historical Ruins Research Committee
July 1980 Establishment of the Tokyo Metropolitan Archaeological Center Foundation
April 1985 Transfer to the newly established Tokyo Metropolitan Buried Cultural Properties Research Center
April 1988 Integration with the Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation to Promote Education, founding of the Tokyo Metropolitan Educational and Cultural Foundation
April 1991 Expands the area of activities to include the entire Tokyo Metropolis
April 1999 Integration with Tomin College, founding of Tokyo Metropolitan Lifelong Learning and Culture Foundation
April 2006 Commissioned as the designated manager for the administration and operation of the Tokyo Metropolitan Buried Cultural Properties Research Center
April 2007 Name is changed to Tokyo Sport Benefits Corporation
April 2011 Commissioned as the designated manager for the administration and operation of the Tokyo Metropolitan Buried Cultural Properties Research Center until 2015
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