"Jōmon" means "patterns of plaited cord" or "cord-patterned"  from the way they decorated their pottery. The Jōmon came long ago from Central Asia and southern Siberia to Japan. They were very different from modern East Asians and were more similar to Europeans and people in the Middle East. Many scientists link them the the paleolithic population of Europe (Cro-Magnon). Their culture is unique and some similarities exists with Native American cultures of the northwestern coastal cultures.
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Media related to Jōmon period at Wikimedia Commons
- University of Tokyo, Memory of the Jomon Period
- Niigata Prefectural Museum of History, The Prehistoric Archaeology of Japan Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine