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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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On the Edge of Empire: Han–Yuan Sha Po

On the Edge of Empire: Han–Yuan Sha Po

(p.86) 6 On the Edge of Empire: Han–Yuan Sha Po
Piecing Together Sha Po

Mick Atha

Kennis Yip

Hong Kong University Press

Chapter 6 explores the contrasting evidence for activity spanning the Han, Six Dynasties–Tang, and Song–Yuan periods at Sha Po. The study of structural remains and artefactual evidence associated with Sha Po’s Six Dynasties–Tang kiln-based coastal industry is supported by the results of a programme of thermoluminescence dating of kiln remains. Collectively, the evidence suggests that Sha Po was a planned and imperially controlled kiln complex directed towards the production of salt, with lime as a process-related by-product. In a pattern typical across Hong Kong, the industry’s post-abandonment phase is associated with Northern Song and some Southern Song–Yuan ceramics.

Keywords:   Han dynasty, Six Dynasties-Tang period, Human burials, Northern Song dynasty, Southern Song-Yuan dynasty, Salt working, Imperial Salt Monopoly, Kiln industry, Lime, Thermoluminescence dating

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