Fun Magazine, July 2003
Hang Museum of Archaeology¡X
how they used to live
Kevin Lax Translated by Byron Fu
An interesting new museum, the Shi-san Hang Museum of Archaeology,
is opening in Bali, Taipei County, at the end of April,
2003. The museum¡¦s exhibits were excavated from the Shi-san
Hang ancient settlement next door.
museum, with a creative boat-shaped design, has a floor
area of more than 3,000 square meters. In addition to the
artifacts on display and related information, there's the
interesting story of the excavation process itself. Anyone
interested in how people lived in north Taiwan almost 2,000
years ago--or in archeology in general--should visit.
museum also tells the story of Bali, one of north
Taiwan¡¦s earliest settlements, and a prosperous town
hundreds of years before Taipei existed.
addition to showing a vast number of items, from ceramics
to spears to gold jewelry, the museum also reveals
how the excavation was carried out. The methods used
left literally no stone unturned; anything and everything
of value in the site was located and preserved, allowing
researchers to develop an overall picture of how the
area's inhabitants lived 1,800 years ago.
how exactly did Shi-san Hang¡¦s people live?
site has revealed something about their burial ceremonies:
The dead were buried next to houses or nearby, there was
no special burial ground. After death they were clothed,
and a hat put on their head. Some people were buried in
fine clothes, with pearl-laden garments and decorated hats.
The dead were then placed on their side, with the head facing
southwest and the face facing the sea. No remains of children
under six years old have been found in Shi-san Hang, suggesting
there was probably an alternative disposal method when infants
different types of animal bones have been found at
Shi-san Hang, it can be surmised that hunting was
a major activity. The Bali area was heavily forested
2,000 years ago, and the woods were home to wild pigs,
Formosan Sika deer, and other animals.
nets have been found, but the large number of fish
bones and net weights indicate that the people probably
fished with nets. They had an iron-making capability,
so they probably also used iron spears to catch fish.
Hang had a great deal of interaction with other settlements
in Taiwan, and, it is speculated, overseas. Many items not
made locally have been unearthed: gold and silverware, glass
bracelets, glass pearls, and copper coins.
these overseas products and the unearthed deep-sea fish
bones, it can be surmised that the people knew how to make
boats and sail the seas.
Hang Museum of Archaeology
200, PoWuGuan Road, BaLi, Taipei County
Hours: Tues-Fri 9 am-5 pm; Sat & Sun 9 am-6 pm;
closed Monday, Chinese New Year¡¦s Eve and Chinese New
Year¡¦s Day, but open on Mondays which are official
Ticket prices: NT$100; groups NT$70 per person; student
NT$70; students groups NT$50 per person; seniors, disabled
and children free.
The museum is easy to reach. The address is 200, Bowuguan
Road, Bali, Taipei County. Visitors can take the MRT to
Kuandu Station (on the Danshui line), then take the Red
13 shuttle bus to the museum. For a more leisurely journey
with better views en route, take the ferry from Danshui
to Bali, get the bus, or walk (about 50 minutes), or even
hire a bike and ride along the riverbank to the museum.