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HIST5515B Public Archaeology: Social, economical and cultural values of archaeological activity

Semester 1 (2019-2020)

Lecture TimeThursday 6:30pm-8:15pm

VenueWMY 507


Lecturer CHAU Hing Wah (

Teaching Assistant LO Shuk Ying (

Course Description

Chau Hing-wah is currently the Curator (Archaeology) of the Hong Kong Museum of History.  He acquired his BA at the University of Hong Kong in 1983, and his MA in field archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London in 1988.  Since he joined the Antiquities and Monuments Office as an Assistant Curator II in 1985, he has been working in the field of archaeology for about two decades.  He has taken charge of over 150 archeological field projects in Hong Kong including the Second Territory-wide Archaeological Survey of Hong Kong from 1996 to 1998, and the large-scale rescue excavation at Tung Wan Tsai on Ma Wan which was awarded one of the ten most significant archaeological discoveries in China in 1997.


Course Description

This course introduces students to the wide range of areas in which archaeology has an impact outside the academic areas of archaeological study.  It aims to examine the development and planning of archaeological presentation, and issues connected with maintenance of the archaeological resource; the role of legislation in archaeology; the ‘values’ of archaeology in society; and the complex interrelationships between society, politics and economics that provides the framework within which archaeology exists.


Lecture 1:    History and Development of Archaeology (Sep 5)

Lecture 2:  Archaeological Survey and Excavation (Sep 12)

Lecture 3:    Archaeology of Hong Kong: Development and Achievements (Sep 19)

Lecture 4:    Protection of Archaeological Heritage: International Charters and Conventions (Sep 26)


Field Visit:   Whole day visit to the conservation laboratory in Hong Kong Heritage Museum (AM) and the archaeological remains in the Kowloon Walled City Park and the Sung Wong Toi Park (PM). (Sep 28, Sat)


Lecture 5:    Re-constructing Hong Kong’s Past: Our Cultural Identity (Oct 3)


Presentation:  Powerpoint presentation by groups and discussion (Oct 10)


Lecture 6:    Underwater Archaeology: An Introduction ( Oct 17)

Lecture 7:    Post-excavation: Finds Processing, Analysis, Conservation, and Interpretation  (Oct 24)

Lecture 8:    Protection of Archaeological Heritage: China and Hong Kong (Oct 31)


Field Visit:   Visit to the Wun Yiu archaeological site in Tai Po and the Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum in Sham Shui Po. (Nov 3, Sun)


Lecture 9:    Archaeology and Nationalism: Origins of Chinese Civilization Project (I) (Nov 7)

Lecture 10:  Archaeology and Nationalism: Origins of Chinese Civilization Project (II) (Nov 14)

Lecture 11:  Underwater Archaeology: Survey, Excavation, Conservation and Management (Nov 21)

Lecture 12: Public Archaeology: Retrospect and Prospects (Nov 28)

Assessment & Assignments

The evaluation is based on:

(1)   Attendance (10%)

Attendance is to be counted in both lectures and field trips.

(2)   Presentation (20%)

After the first field trip, students should make one group powerpoint presentation and participate in the discussion section. A group report (not less than 5,000 words) is required and submitted right after the presentation on Oct 10, 2019.

Topic: 土瓜灣沙中線發現的考古遺存應如何保存?可否發展成為考古公園?如何聯同區內其他古蹟發展文物旅遊?保育與發展之間應如何取得平衡?

(3)   Field visit report (20%)

After the second field trip, a written report (not less than 2,500 words) on the field visit must be submitted for assessment. The deadline is on Nov. 17, 2019

Topic: (一) 大埔碗窰遺址的保育計劃書;或

          (二) 深水埗李鄭屋漢墓遺址博物館改造計劃書 (以上任擇其一)

(4)  Term paper (50%)

Choose one of the following topic issues and write a research paper within 5,000 words. The papers should be submitted on or before Dec. 12, 2019.

–    Effects/effectiveness of legislation in archaeology in terms of protection

–    Media and archaeology

–    Archaeology and nationalism : shaping of cultural identity

–    Repatriation of archaeological materials : conflict and co-operation among nations

–    Illicit trade in antiquities and treasure hunting: looting of archaeological sites

–    Tourism and archaeology: sustainable consumption of archaeological heritage

–    Archaeology and politics

–    Archaeology and museum: how the knowledge on archaeological research be transferred to the public

–    Underwater archaeology: sustainable strategy for effective protection


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Carman, J. (2015)  Archaeological Resource Management: An International Perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Champion T (1996) Protecting the Monuments. Archaeological legislation from the 1882 Act to PPG 16.  In Hunter, M (ed). Preserving the Past: the rise of heritage in modern Britain, 38-56. Stroud: Alan Sutton Publishing [UL RES. CALL # DA655 .P75 1996  ]

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Drewett, P. (1999) Field Archaeology: An Introduction. London: UCL Press. [UL RES. CALL # CC76 .D74 1999  ]

English Heritage (2001) Power of Place. The future of the Historic Environment. London: English Heritage.

Fagan, B. (2001)  In the Beginning. An Introduction to Archaeology.  New York: Prentice Hall. [CU LIB has the 1997 version: CALL #  CC75 .F34 1997 ]

Grant, J., Gorin, S. & Fleming, N.  (2002)  The Archaeology Coursebook.  London: Routledge. [UL RES CALL # CC83 .G7 2002  ]

Hodder, I. (2003) Reading the Past: Current Approaches to Interpretation in Archaeology. Cambridge & New York: Cambridge University Press. [UL RES. CALL #  CC72 .H62 2003 ]

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Skeates, R. (1999). Debating the Archaeological Heritage. London: Duckworth. [UL RES. CALL # CC135 .S543 2000  ]

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鄒興華:〈多元互動:四川古蜀文化和珠江三角洲古越文化融入中華文化的過程〉,載《三星閃爍金沙流采 – 神秘的古蜀文明》。香港:康樂及文化事務署,2007年。[UL GOV DOC CALL # DS797.77.G826 S28 2007]

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Honesty in Academic Work

Attention is drawn to University policy and regulations on honesty in academic work, and to the disciplinary guidelines and procedures applicable to breaches of such policy and regulations. Details may be found at

With each assignment, students will be required to submit a signed declaration that they are aware of these policies, regulations, guidelines and procedures.

  • In the case of group projects, all members of the group should be asked to sign the declaration, each of whom is responsible and liable to disciplinary actions, irrespective of whether he/she has signed the declaration and whether he/she has contributed, directly or indirectly, to the problematic contents.
  • For assignments in the form of a computer-generated document that is principally text-based and submitted via VeriGuide, the statement, in the form of a receipt, will be issued by the system upon students’ uploading of the soft copy of the assignment.

Assignments without the properly signed declaration will not be graded by teachers.

Only the final version of the assignment should be submitted via VeriGuide.

The submission of a piece of work, or a part of a piece of work, for more than one purpose (e.g. to satisfy the requirements in two different courses) without declaration to this effect shall be regarded as having committed undeclared multiple submissions. It is common and acceptable to reuse a turn of phrase or a sentence or two from one’s own work; but wholesale reuse is problematic. In any case, agreement from the course teacher(s) concerned should be obtained prior to the submission of the piece of work.

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