Hongkong archeologists are examing a unique rock carving just discovered on a southern penisula of the colony's New Territories.
LS & MS archeologists pointing the hill (2 shots)
LV temple and pan to hill (2 shots)
GV archeologists approaching and cu temple sign (2 shots)
Gv archeologists climbing hill (2 shots)
18 1/2 ft
GV & MS archeologists examing rock (2 shots)
25 1/2 ft
MS of archeologists outlines carving with chalk (3 shots)
GV & MV archeologists examing the map carving (3 shots)
CU map carving
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Background: Hongkong archeologists are examing a unique rock carving just discovered on a southern penisula of the colony's New Territories.
A weekend biker found the carving on a big boulder perched on the approach channel to Hongkong harbour.
The archeologists believe it could be a relic of Cheung Potsai, the well-known pirate leader who terrorised the waters around Hongkong more than one hundred and fifty years ago.
The carving, on a 15-foot high boulder with a commanding view of the channel, bears a striking resemblance to the coastline of the area. Smaller carvings were also found on nearby rocks.
According to the history adviser to Hongkong's City Museum and Art Callery, Professor Lo Hsiang Lin, this is the first carving of its kind ever located in the British colony.
The carved map could have been used by Cheung's lookouts to pinpoint the movements of early British trading ships and their rich cargoes, thus enabling the pirates's swift boats to rush in for an accurate attack.