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"Here and Then: A Photo Exhibition of the Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb"

Here and Then: A Photo Exhibition of the Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb

The Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb, discovered in Hong Kong in 1955, remains an important monument for studying the territory's ancient history. In the half a century since the tomb was unearthed, the surrounding area has experienced massive changes: the resettlement buildings that characterised Sham Shui Po in the 1950s have all been torn down and replaced by new developments. An engineer from the Public Works Department, Michael Constantin Yatskin, was in charge of the levelling work at the resettlement site back then, and he kept a faithful record of how the tomb and the artefacts inside were unearthed in 1955. In 2007, his daughter, Mrs Anna Whitehead, generously donated a collection of her father's photos to the Hong Kong Museum of History, and we now hope that these rare images will reproduce some of the excitement at the discovery of the tomb and provide an insight into how the excavation was conducted in a work-log format. Join us as we revisit one of the most important pages in Hong Kong's archaeological history.

Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb