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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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Sha Po’s First People: Neolithic Fisher-Hunter-Foragers

Sha Po’s First People: Neolithic Fisher-Hunter-Foragers

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Piecing Together Sha Po

Mick Atha

Kennis Yip

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter begins the chronological journey through Sha Po’s human story in the earlier Middle Neolithic, providing the necessary archaeological background and context by referencing discoveries made across the wider Hong Kong–Pearl River Delta region (a format also employed in Chapters 5–7 inclusive). The backbeach evidences a major break in activity until the Later Neolithic and we suggest that the patterning of activities is suggestive of a relatively low intensity usage of the site by a small-scale community of fisher-hunter-foragers. Artefactual evidence is also used to suggest that by the end of the Neolithic the Sha Po community, like others across the region, was exhibiting features attributable to a rise in social complexity, which probably reflected both internal change and the intensification of contacts with agropastoralist groups to the north of the Pearl River Delta.

Keywords:   Middle Neolithic, Later Neolithic, Fisher-hunter-forager, Boats, Maritime-coastal lifeway, Hong Kong-Pearl River Delta region, Social complexity, Intensified contacts

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