Preserving Hong Kong’s subway archaeological sites will cost up to $700,000 more

But it looks like the government is leaning towards the cheapest option, which is to move the wells to another place.

Source: South China Morning Post  20141121
Source: South China Morning Post 20141121

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Development minister Paul Chan Mo-po yesterday dropped the strongest hint yet that the government will take the cheapest option and move a medieval well which has delayed progress on the under-construction To Kwa Wan MTR station.

Chan, whose brief includes heritage policy, said in an interview with TVB’s On the Record that the well would look similar to its present state even if it was moved and reassembled elsewhere.

The well concerned dates back to the Song (960-1279) or Yuan (1279-1368) dynasties and is one of the most valuable finds among an extensive trove of relics dug out of the new station, part of the Sha Tin-Central link.

While the government last week put forward a proposal to preserve seven other archaeological features in situ at a total cost of HK$4.1 billion, the future of the well was left open, with four options presented including removal and reconstruction.

Full story here.

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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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