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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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Social Landscapes and Ancient Environments

Social Landscapes and Ancient Environments

(p.29) 3 Social Landscapes and Ancient Environments
Piecing Together Sha Po

Mick Atha

Kennis Yip

Hong Kong University Press

Chapter 3 begins by exploring the making of Hong Kong’s present cultural landscape and then works back through its earlier forms, firstly into the age of rice farming where the long-term sustainable management of that particular socio-economic lifeway created highly distinctive cultural landscapes stretching back from the Qing dynasty to as early as the Northern Song in some areas. Then from the Tang dynasty moving backwards, we enter an era where, on the face of it, human impacts beyond the intensively industrialised backbeach areas seem to have been relatively slight. That said, the coastal focus seemingly exhibited by early historical populations was even more intensively expressed in prehistory when, once sea-levels had stabilised at more or less their present position, the resource-rich landscape of the New Territories and Pearl River estuary coastline and offshore archipelagos then took shape.

Keywords:   Social landscapes, Fung shui, Ancient environments, Environmental change, Biodiversity, Resource exploitation

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