Rising From the Ashes: Archaeology of the Jacksonville Chinese Quarter
Join Chelsea Rose for “Rising From the Ashes, the Archaeology of the Jacksonville Chinese Quarter” Thursday, April 6 at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon. Tickets for 6 pm soup and salad bar dinner and program are $12, 7 pm program only is $5. Reservations are required by March 29.
An archaeological excavation done in Southern Oregon’s Jacksonville as part of the First and Main Street sidewalks project uncovered the remains of a Chinese home that burned September 11, 1888.
The more than 60,000 artifacts recovered from the site are providing new insight into food, medicine, recreation, and religion in a 19th century Chinese household in the American West, during the height of the Chinese Exclusion era.
The site represents the oldest urban Overseas Chinese site in the Pacific Northwest, and the vast artifact assemblage recovered from the intact dwelling makes the collection significant on a national level. Finding artifacts in situ rather than in a dump, midden, or other secondary context, provided archaeologists with a rare glimpse inside a single home. Ongoing research and specialized analysis promises to significantly contribute to our understanding of the overseas Chinese diaspora and the settlement and development of the Oregon Territory.
The Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology (SOULA) conducted data recovery excavations, incorporated SOU students and community volunteers into the investigation, and brought hundreds to the site on public days. Working closely with the Oregon Department of Transportation, the City of Jacksonville, and the Jacksonville Fire Department, SOULA’s excavations in the Chinese Quarter Site not only uncovered an unprecedented find, but also fostered critical awareness and appreciation on behalf of the local community and public for the town’s buried history.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Chelsea Rose is an historical archaeologist at the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology (SOULA). She graduated with honors from the University of Oregon, and received her graduate degree in Cultural Resources Management from Sonoma State University. Chelsea’s recent work has included research in the Jacksonville Chinese Quarters, the homestead of frontier photographer Peter Britt, the native Hawaiian mining camp of Kanaka Flat, and the Historic Applegate Trail. Chelsea regularly works with students and community members in the process of education of interpretation of archaeology though community outreach and public archaeology events, and recently returned from a month-long research trip in Southern China.