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Historical Archaeology at the Golden Eagle Site: 30th Anniversary
Archaeological investigations of the Golden Eagle site in Sacramento California occured from 9 July to 14 August 1979. The deposits date from 1857 to 1878 and represent several commercial enterprises, including the Golden Eagle Hotel and the Golden Eagle Oyster Saloon.

Heinlenville was San José’s third Chinatown. Constructed in 1887, it grew into a thriving community, home to storekeepers, laborers and their families. Heinlenville declined in the late 1920s, and after 1932 was demolished. Today, the Heinlenville block bounded by Taylor, Jackson, Sixth and Seventh streets is slated for development. Archaeologists from the ASC are working with the Redevelopment Agency, City of San José to unearth selected areas of Heinlenville and early Japantown.

Lake Oroville This work is part of the relicensing of Oroville Dam, and was performed to get an idea of how many archaeological sites there are on the property, which ones are important, and whether they will be affected by the operation of the dam.

Merrie Way In the early 1900s the Sutro Pleasure Grounds was touted as the “San Francisco Coney Island.” The amusement park included the Merrie Way midway, lined with rides and other attractions, as well as concession stands selling food, drinks, and souvenirs. The Merrie Way Stands stood alongside present-day Point Lobos Avenue. ASC archaeologists in cooperation with the National Park Service excavated the site from the 7th April – 2 May 2008.

Oakland Cypress Freeway Archaeologists from ASC, in cooperation with the California Department of Transportation and the Federal Highways Administration, spent 78 weeks between April 1994 and May 1996 excavating well over 100 archaeological features in West Oakland.

San Francisco Bayshore Field work on the Bayshore Viaduct Project in San Francisco, part of the ongoing seismic retrofit of the Bay Area’s freeways by Caltrans.

Stockton ASC, on behalf of the City of Stockton, conducted archaeological excavations on a downtown Stockton city block. This block had been developed since the early 1860s, and by the 1890s it contained working-class cottages, a saloon, a brewery and two Chinese laundries.

West Approach The Loma Prieta Earthquake damaged the San Francisco-Oakland freeway system and created an unprecedented opportunity for historical archaeology in the densely urban areas in Oakland and San Francisco. The West Approach to the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, a project of the California Department of Transportation, involved seismic upgrades to the bridge approach in San Francisco. The Anthropological Studies Center conducted the archaeological mitigation effort. Due to the enormous quantity of data, three separate reports were prepared for the investigations: a report on the prehistoric deposit, the Block Technical Report (BTR) series, and the Interpretive Report.