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Piecing Together Sha PoArchaeological Investigations and Landscape Reconstruction$
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Mick Atha and Kennis Yip

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208982

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208982.001.0001

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How We Know about Ancient Sha Po

How We Know about Ancient Sha Po

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Piecing Together Sha Po

Mick Atha

Kennis Yip

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter charts the twists and turns of Sha Po’s ‘site biography’, or how over a period of eight decades our present understanding of its archaeological treasures gradually came to light. It is a story that reflects Hong Kong archaeology as a whole, in that there were the discoveries made by pre-war pioneers, significant contributions by the Hong Kong Archaeological Society and the Antiquities and Monuments Office (AMO) and, most recently, a series of important finds made by archaeologists working in the commercial sector. During that story of discovery, fieldwork progressed from poorly recorded ‘antiquarian collecting’, through more formalised research digging, into the present era of AMO-licensed excavations working to agreed research designs.

Keywords:   Site biography, Hong Kong history of archaeology, Multi-period, Antiquarianism, Hong Kong Archaeological Society, Professionalisation, Commercial archaeology, Research design

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