Hong Kong boasts a number of rich archaeological sites behind sandy bays. Among these backbeaches is Sha Po on Lamma Island, a site which has long captured the attention of archaeologists. However, until now no comprehensive study of the area has ever been published.
Piecing Together Sha Po presents the first sustained analysis, framed in terms of a multi-period social landscape, of the varieties of human activity in Sha Po spanning more than 6,000 years. Synthesising decades of earlier fieldwork together with Atha and Yip’s own extensive excavations conducted in 2008–2010, the discoveries collectively enabled the authors to reconstruct the society in Sha Po in different historical periods.
The artefacts unearthed from the site—some of them unique to the region—reveal a vibrant past which saw the inhabitants of Sha Po interacting with the environment in diverse ways. Evidence showing the mastery of quartz ornament manufacture and metallurgy in the Bronze Age suggests increasing craft specialisation and the rise of a more complex, competitive society. Later on, during the Six Dynasties–Tang period, Sha Po turned into a centre in the region’s imperially controlled kiln-based salt industry. Closer to our time, in the nineteenth century the farming and fishing communities in Sha Po became important suppliers of food and fuel to urban Hong Kong. Ultimately, this ground-breaking work tells a compelling story about human beings’ ceaseless reinvention of their lives through the lens of one special archaeological site.
- List of Maps(第viii頁)
- List Figures(第ix頁)
- List of Plates(第xii頁)
- List of Tables(第xv頁)
- Part I: Contextualising Sha Po(第1頁)
- 1. Sha Po Tsuen: Hong Kong Archaeology in Microcosm(第3頁)
- 2. How We Know about Ancient Sha Po(第16頁)
- 3. Social Landscapes and Ancient Environments(第29頁)
- Part II: Sha Po’s Human Narrative(第37頁)
- 4. Sha Po’s First People: Neolithic Fisher-Hunter-Foragers(第39頁)
- 5. Bronze Age: Technology, Trade, and Increasing Social Complexity(第63頁)
- 6. On the Edge of Empire: Han–Yuan Sha Po(第86頁)
- 7. A Time of Great Change: Sha Po during the Ming–Colonial Era(第134頁)
- Part III: Exploring the Multi-period Social Landscape(第159頁)
- 8. Reconstructing Sha Po’s Landscapes and Lifeways(第161頁)
- 9. Conclusions and Reflections on Sha Po(第177頁)
- Appendix 1: Catalogue of Selected Finds(第185頁)
- Appendix 2: Glossary(第236頁)