Post-Summer Update

This quarter we plan to begin cataloguing the numerous and diverse buttons that were found in the Market Street Chinatown. The large brown button (artifact number 86-36:6A-16) in the bottom right corner of the image reads "N.R. Co. Goodyear's P.T." 1851.

We have finally returned to the lab after a summer of thought-provoking archaeological work at the Presidio. We ended the 2003-2004 year with a visit to History San Jose’s Family Day, where we (Bryn, Liz, and Stacey) were able share a few of the many fascinating artifacts from the Market Street Chinatown Archaeological Project with the public. We are currently in the process of mapping out project goals for the 2004-2005 academic year. Two goals that remain a priority are obtaining outside funding for the project and continuing to catalogue the enormous assemblage of artifacts from the Market Street Chinatown.

Shell button, artifact number 86-36:7-76.

During the 2004-2005 school year, Stacey Camp will be joining Professor Voss as the Market Street Chinatown’s research assistant. Stacey worked with the collection last year as a student in Professor Voss’ lab methods course and wrote a corresponding essay analyzing the spatial relationship between gaming artifacts found in the Market Street Chinatown collection. This year, she plans to continue cataloguing artifacts possibly related to gaming.



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This year's report is out!

Thanks to the hard work of last year’s research assistants, Liz Clevenger and Bryn Williams, and Professor Voss, the 2003-2004 report is finished! And, as of last Friday, the second annual project progress report has been mailed out. It can be downloaded from this site in .pdf format here.