255: Lei Chung Uk Han Tomb Museum
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This four-chamber brick tomb is believed to date to the Eastern Han dynasty (AD 25–200). It sparked a great deal of local interest when it was unearthed in 1955 while the government was working on a housing project in the Sham Shui Po area. No human or coffin remains were found in the tomb, but inscriptions and fifty-eight artefacts, including drinking vessels, cooking implements and other household objects buried with the deceased, have enabled archaeologists to date it. The inscription of two characters reading “Panyu” reveals that at the time this territory was administered by Panyu, formerly a Guangdong county and now a district of Guangzhou. In the interests of preservation, the tomb itself is not open to the public and can only be glimpsed through a glass window, but there is an informative exhibition hall maintained by the Hong Kong Museum of History.