Conservationists have accused the Government of 'wanton vandalism' of a 1,000-year-old Tang dynasty lime kiln on Lamma. Construction of a footpath at Sok Kwu Wan narrowly missed two kilns beside Lo So Shing school. The Tang dynasty kilns were excavated in the 1970s, but today they are unmarked and overgrown. Lamma resident Annie Galpin, fearing the works would destroy the kilns, alerted Friends of the Earth and archaeologists. Friends of the Earth coastal guide co-ordinator Adrian Norris said the trench dug beside the footpath had irrevocably damaged part of the kilns. 'It is scandalous that an archaeological monument has been wantonly vandalised,' he said. 'They should have known about it and obviously they did not. At the 11th hour it was shifted away from the edge of the kilns.' Chau Hing-wah of the Government's Antiquities and Monuments Office admitted the trench work might have damaged the kilns. But he said archaeologists had persuaded the district office to alter the footpath's course. 'We have a lot of information on these kilns,' he said, adding that there were many examples of Tang dynasty kilns throughout the SAR.