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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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A Time of Great Change: Sha Po during the Ming–Colonial Era

A Time of Great Change: Sha Po during the Ming–Colonial Era

(p.134) 7 A Time of Great Change: Sha Po during the Ming–Colonial Era
Piecing Together Sha Po

Mick Atha

Kennis Yip

Hong Kong University Press

The final chronological discussion in Chapter 7 addresses the Ming and Qing dynasties, which at Sha Po could not be more different in that the former is virtually absent, whereas archaeological remains from the latter period are abundant and provide fascinating insights into the lives of local people. Moreover, those material remains can also be interpreted with reference to a particularly rich historical and anthropological resource resulting from documentary research and interviews with village elders between the 1950s and 1980s. Recent historical research is a rapidly expanding field in archaeology, but sadly neglected in Hong Kong, and this chapter attempts to highlight its potential for the creation of more humanistic narratives and detailed interpretations than are possible in earlier periods.

Keywords:   Ming dynasty, Qing dynasty, Colonial era, Historical archaeology, Anthropological research, Oral histories, Social history, Humanistic narratives

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