Expert wants school site opened for study

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 01 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 01 March, 2008, 12:00am

The advice of independent archaeologists should be sought on the excavations of the site of the former Central School in Mid-Levels, an archaeologist said.

Parts of the school's foundations and playground and some stone steps have been found at the Hollywood Road site, formerly occupied by police married quarters.

William Meacham, a former chairman of the Hong Kong Archaeological Society, said the government should have invited experts or respected figures to inspect the excavation works, which had already been completed and filled in. 'It is standard practice elsewhere ... the site is of public interest and the government should seek a second opinion,' he said.

Mr Meacham said the value of a site to scholarly research alone should not be the main determinant of how the findings of a dig were treated.

'It is a question for the community at large,' he said. 'It is related to the collective memory ... someone's grandfathers might have studied there.'

The government plans to consult the public about the use of the site.

The father of modern China, Sun Yat-sen, studied at the school before it moved to the site in 1889.