Public Archaeology at History San Jose

One of the mock excavation units developed by History San Jose for visitors.

This past Sunday, May 15, we participated in a special celebration at History San Jose. This kick-off event for the upcoming 20th anniversary of the Chinese American Museum is the first of several events to come in 2011. Big thanks to all the Stanford students who volunteered at the all-day event!




Stanford PhD student Tim Wilcox helps one of the visitors screen soil for artifacts.

Despite the unseasonal rain, wind, and hail, there were several intrepid young archaeologists who joined us in a mock excavation, including a screening station and artifact reconstruction. Using unprovenienced artifacts from the Market Street Chinatown, visitors were able to re-discover pieces of San Jose’s Chinese immigrant history.



Lion dance by members of the Asian Cultural Dance Troupe, with fan dancers in the background.

The Chinese American Museum was open to visitors with docents from Chinese Historical and Cultural Project. We were also joined by the Asian Cultural Dance Troupe of San Jose who brought historic lion dances and fan dances to life.

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