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Archaeological monitoring by the AMO at a drainage site in Mongkok finished today

The archaeological monitoring work conducted by the Antiquities and Monuments Office (AMO) at a drainage site at the junction of Tung Choi Street and Soy Street in Mongkok is completed today (May 11), said a spokesman for AMO.

The spokesman said, "Following a further discovery of ancient relics at the work site yesterday, the archaeological monitoring is conducted under the assistance rendered by the project contractor of the Drainage Services Department."

"Since no further finds were made during a seven-hour search today, it is believed no further archaeological monitoring is required. The work site is subsequently handed over to the Drainage Services Department," said the spokesman.

The site was located at the junction of Tung Choi and Soy streets in Mongkok where a drainage improvement work is being conducted by the Drainage Services Department. On May 7 at 9am, AMO received a call from a member of the public, reporting that ancient objects were found at the work site. Officers from AMO were sent to the site and followed up immediately.

Four flat-bottomed pots in a complete condition were unearthed that day. A preliminary examination suggests that they were burial artefacts of Jin dynasty (265 - 420). They are put on display at the Hong Kong Museum of History.

Following the discovery, the AMO conducted a search at the work site on May 7 with the assistance of the project contractor of the Drainage Services Department in an attempt to locate further finds. However, no further finds were made. Having reached an agreement with the contractor of the Drainage Services Department, officers from the AMO were allowed to station at the work site to monitor the drainage work in the following days, the work site was then handed back to the Drainage Services Department.

On May 10, the first day the drainage work resumed after the archaeological discovery, further relics were found and unearthed under the supervision of the officers from AMO.

A total of 174 pieces of ancient objects were unearthed in the second excavation. Major items include a pottery pot, fragments of pottery cauldrons, kiln debris, various ceramic fragments and green brick.

As a result of the new discovery, AMO requested to have all the drainage work suspended to conduct an archaeological monitoring at the site and the Drainage Services Department agreed to the suspension of work. With equipment and workers provided by the project contractor, the archaeological work was completed today.

Major relics unearthed on May 10, including the pottery pot, fragments of pottery cauldrons and a selection of kiln debris, will also be put on display at the Lobby of Museum of History from tomorrow (May 12) until May 31.

Ends/Tuesday, May 11, 2004
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