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Emperor and AncestorState and Lineage in South China$
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David Faure

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780804753180

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804753180.001.0001

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The Land

The Land

(p.51) Chapter Five The Land
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Prior to the Song dynasty, most of what is now the Pearl River Delta used to be a submerged region. From the time of the Southern Song up to the twentieth century, agricultural land was gradually reclaimed from the sediments that had accumulated in the area. By analyzing archaeological evidence and the written record, historical geographers in Guangzhou have come up with the chronology of reclamation. Running diagonally across Xinhui in the southwest and Shilou in the northeast, the Song coastline continues to the other side of the Pearl River, along a line that cuts almost north–south at the East River delta. To the south of this continuous line is land known as the “sands,” while to its north lie the “dikes.” The distinction between the “sands” and the “dikes” had important implications for social changes in the Pearl River Delta.

Keywords:   Pearl River Delta, reclamation, Xinhui, Shilou, coastline, Song dynasty, sands, dikes, Guangzhou, agricultural land

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