The last sixteen years in particular have witnessed a geometric expansion of archaeological data, as large-scale excavations lasting several months have become common and full-time professional contract archaeologists have established practice in the territory. This intensive pace of fieldwork and research has yielded a wealth of information on the material culture of the early inhabitants of the area. There is at present no synopsis of this mass of new data, and very little of it has been published. The aim of this book is simply to present a very general and concise review of the most salient data, to serve as a summary of the first eighty years of archaeology in the territory. In addition, the author provides anecdotes from his own experience in the field since 1970, to give a flavour of the issues, controversies and personalities that have characterized local archaeology.
The book will be valuable to the lay reader who is interested in the subject, and to archaeologists and other scholars who seek a broad overview of the data of local archaeology.
"Meacham transports the reader from the early 'gentleman amateurs' to the recent phase of 'rescue archaeology', assembling the diverse findings to chronicle Hong Kong's rich cultural heritage. A compelling read, and indispensable reference work." – Raynor Shaw, geologist, travel guide writer, and co-author of Hong Kong Landscapes: Shaping the Barren Rock