Dongsam-dong Shell Mound

Dongsam-dong Shell Midden or Shell Mound is located on the west coast of Yeong-do Island in Dongsam-dong.

This archaeological site consists of a midden of shells of various mollusks that were discarded in a relatively small or restricted area by people who lived there in the Jeulmun Pottery Period.  It was excavated three times by archaeologists of the National Museum of Korea from 1969 and was found to be the among oldest Jeulmun middens so far discovered in the southern part of the Korean peninsula. The presence of Yunggimun (appliqué-pattern) pottery indicates the site was occupied for a time between 8000-7000 BC, but many absolute dates generated from carbon that was excavated from the site indicate the site was also occupied in the Middle (c. 3500 BC) and Late (c. 2000 BC) Jeulmun sub-periods.

A variety of artifacts, including three types of pottery (patternless, comb-patterned, and appliqué patterned), and tools made of bone and stone were uncovered. Artifacts and features from Dongsam-dong provide insight into the way the people of the area lived as well as into the cultural trends of the times.

The excavated remains have also proved to be valuable for estimating both the influences of Siberian culture on Korea and prehistoric exchange between southern Korea and Ky?sh?, Japan


Getting There:

-Bus – from Busan Station, Nampo-dong / No. 134
– from Seomyeon, Gaya / No. 25, 68, 93
– from Haeundae / No. 139, 239, 302, 240
– from Dongnae / No. 51 
Subway – Line 2 Dayeon Stn…. 10 minute walk from there


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