This site is dedicated to the understanding and knowledge of the unique history and archaeology of the Ryukyu Islands. The Ryukyu Islands are located to the south of mainland Japan, and form an arc between Kyushu and Taiwan. There are three main island groups, the Okinawa, Miyako, and Yaeyama. These islands form the southernmost prefecture in Japan. Okinawa is the largest island in the group, and will be the source of much of the information presented on this web site. When data is made available, I will also include information from the other islands.