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The Asahi Shinbun reports today that some remains, or archaeological traces, have been found of a castle ordered destroyed by Oda Nobunaga in 1580. When Nobunaga took over a territory, he would have some castles kept intact, and either assigned his own men to take over these command posts, or secured an oath of loyalty from the defeated lord already in command of that site; other castles were ordered destroyed.

Tsutsui castle, located in Yamato-kôriyama, in Nara prefecture, was one such castle. It’s apparently quite rare to find any ruins or remains of these castles, but excavations in the inner moat have recently revealed traces or signs of the destroyed castle.

As one scholar commented, this is an important discovery as it helps us understand that castles destroyed at these times, under these circumstances, were destroyed down to even the moats, not just the buildings themselves.

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As the Asahi doesn’t like to archive their news articles and keep them available, I’ll archive the full text for them (for you):

鳴かぬなら壊してしまえ筒井城 内堀埋めた破城跡発見

2010年3月19日16時13分

 戦国武将、筒井順慶(じゅんけい)(1549~1584)の居城だった奈良県大和郡山市の筒井城跡で、内堀を埋めて城を壊した「破城(はじょう)」の跡が見つかった。同市教委が発表した。織田信長は権力強化のため、占拠した地域の城について一部の城を残してほかは破壊するよう命じたが、実際に破城の跡が見つかるのは珍しいという。

 市教委が学術調査のため、2月から約200平方メートルを発掘した。埋められていた内堀は幅約6メートル、深さ約2.5メートルで、城の中核「主郭(しゅかく)」の南端に位置していた。当時の興福寺の僧侶、多聞院英俊(たもんいん・えいしゅん)が記した「多聞院日記」によると、筒井城は1580(天正8)年8月、信長の命で順慶が壊したという。

 中井均・同志社大学非常勤講師(中世城郭)は「織豊(しょくほう)時代の破城は実態がよくわかっていなかったが、建物だけでなく、堀も徹底的に壊したことがわかる貴重な発見だ」と話す。(土居新平)

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