Grading: Declared Monument
In 1955, workers at the construction site of Lei Cheng Uk Estate discovered an ancient tomb that was buried unobtrusively under the hill. The tomb was regarded as the most stirring archaeological discovery in Hong Kong at the time, and is, to date, the only one from the Han Dynasty found within the territory of the city. Built in the shape of a cross, the brick tomb is composed of four chambers, from which fifty-eight objects were unearthed. Scholars believe that the tomb was built in the Eastern Han Dynasty. The scale of the tomb and the funerary objects suggest that the tomb likely belonged to a government official or a wealthy merchant from the period. The large ancient tomb, established more than a thousand years ago, proves the long history of Hong Kong. It is evident that there were well-developed forms of civilisation back in the Han Dynasty. Together with other cultural heritage from the Han Dynasty, the tomb provides an account of the lives of early settlers in Hong Kong.
It’s worth noting that the tomb is so named because of its proximity to Li Uk and Cheng Uk. The name itself does not give any information about the history or the owner of the tomb.
The project is supported by Lord Wilson Heritage Trust.
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