26 March 2019

MTR diggings yield Song Dynasty relics

Antique pieces discovered during the construction of MTR Corp.’s (00066.HK) Shatin-Central subway line have been confirmed by archaeologists to belong to China’s Song Dynasty, which existed about one thousand years ago, the Ming Pao Daily reported Thursday.

From November 2012 to December 2013, archaeologists commissioned by MTR investigated the site, which is near the planned To Kwa Wan station close to Kowloon Bay, and found thousands of antiques, 239 relics sites and a square-shaped well, according to the newspaper.

The findings are another major archaeological achievement in Hong Kong after the discovery of the Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb in 1955, Dr. Joseph Ting, former chief curator of the Hong Kong Museum of History, was quoted as saying. He suggested that a museum be built right on the site.

Several experts have called for conservation of the site, but MTR management said some archaeologists believe there is no need to keep the discoveries at the original site and some of the items have been sent to the Antiquities and Monuments Office for conservation.

Construction work on the subway may be delayed as a result of the discovery, MTR said.

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