Fate of Song Dynasty finds in Hong Kong still in the air

Source: South China Morning Post, 20140516

The lead archaeologist of the excavation at the Sha Tin rail link excavation in Hong Kong stops short of giving a recommendation on the final fate of the Song Dynasty finds.

Source: South China Morning Post, 20140516
Source: South China Morning Post, 20140516

Fate of relics and Sha Tin rail link left open
South China Morning Post, 16 May 2014

The fate of one of the largest archaeological finds in Hong Kong – and the Sha Tin-Central rail link – was left undecided last night after the man in charge of studying the dig stopped short of a recommendation.

Dr Liu Wensuo, of Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, the lead archaeologist in a study of the relics found in To Kwa Wan, was asked at a meeting of the Antiquities Advisory Board whether he considered the relics should be preserved on site, or removed.

He replied: “There are both pros and cons of in situ preservation. It is not a question that I can answer, but is a matter to be discussed with the board, the Antiquities and Monuments Office and even residents.”

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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