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.
Mick Atha teaches archaeology and landscape studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kennis Yip is an archaeological consultant. They are married with a daughter and live near Sha Po on Lamma Island.
- List of Maps(第10页)
- List Figures(第11页)
- List of Plates(第14页)
- List of Tables(第17页)
- Part I: Contextualising Sha Po(第21页)
- 1. Sha Po Tsuen: Hong Kong Archaeology in Microcosm(第23页)
- 2. How We Know about Ancient Sha Po(第36页)
- 3. Social Landscapes and Ancient Environments(第49页)
- Part II: Sha Po’s Human Narrative(第57页)
- 4. Sha Po’s First People: Neolithic Fisher-Hunter-Foragers(第59页)
- 5. Bronze Age: Technology, Trade, and Increasing Social Complexity(第83页)
- 6. On the Edge of Empire: Han–Yuan Sha Po(第106页)
- 7. A Time of Great Change: Sha Po during the Ming–Colonial Era(第154页)
- Part III: Exploring the Multi-period Social Landscape(第179页)
- 8. Reconstructing Sha Po’s Landscapes and Lifeways(第181页)
- 9. Conclusions and Reflections on Sha Po(第197页)
- Appendix 1: Catalogue of Selected Finds(第205页)
- Appendix 2: Glossary(第256页)