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Story of the Month - March 2018

Updated: Sep 9, 2020

Southern China is now one of the most populated regions in the world. Yet, prior to the Southward expansion of the Han empire around 100BCE, there were no major cities in the Lingnan region.


Centre member Prof. Lam Weng Cheong is an archaeologist who specializes on the development of material culture in ancient China. His recent research project investigated how the expansion of the Han empire brought changes to the population density and living pattern of the local population in the Lingnan area. Through an analysis of material cultures found in archaeological sites, which include metal weapons, production tools, ceramics, and ritual items, Prof. Lam and his team were able to infer the migration pattern of the ancient people based on the movement of the goods. The Han empire from the north brought with them advance technologies such as iron tools and sophisticated farming methods. Such technologies have profoundly shaped the destiny of the region. Through the works of archaeologists like Prof. Lam, we can piece together of the lives of ancient people and ancient cities from the remains of their material culture.


A pottery pot with double-f pattern, Bronze period, the pre-Qin graveyard, Hengling Shan, Boluo in Guangdong Province. 在廣東省博羅橫嶺山一先秦墓地發現的一個具有「雙f」圖案的青銅時代陶器

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