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Archaeological works closely scrutinised

May 02, 2014

Antiquities Advisory Board Chairman Andrew Lam says the board has kept a close watch on the archaeological survey at the Shatin-Central Rail Link construction site, and found no intentional destruction of antiques.


Briefing reporters after examining the archaeological survey and excavation progress at the link’s To Kwa Wan Station, Mr Lam said during archaeological excavations it is sometimes necessary to remove findings at the top to reach older artefacts buried deeper. Archaeologists make assessments on whether further excavation is appropriate, and will clearly document all finds.


Mr Lam said the first archaeological excavation phase has been completed. A Sung dynasty well, some wells from more recent eras, some monuments and artefacts were uncovered. The board has proposed to preserve the Sung dynasty well in its existing site due to its archaeological value.


A new survey phase is ongoing, he said, and will not be completed before the third quarter of this year. It has so far found another Sung dynasty well, some building foundations and sewers.


Mr Lam said these findings are definitely among the most important archaeological discoveries in Hong Kong in recent years. The board has asked the Antiquities & Monuments Office to make regular reports to the board to bolster scrutiny.

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