Senior PanGIS staff member conducted artifact analysis, report preparation, and curation activities related to the City of San Diego 2100 Kettner Testing Project located in downtown San Diego. Per CEQA, the Lead Agency, determined the need for artifact collection, curation, and documentation. Each artifact was cleaned, photographed, cataloged, and prepared for curation following San Diego Archaeological Center guidelines. Artifacts were analyzed using Stephen Van Wormer’s historic artifact analysis system, including activity group classification, development of functional artifact profiles, and bottled product and culinary bottle analysis. PanGIS staff acted as the Lead Archaeologist for the analysis, co-authored the Historic Artifact Analysis report, and facilitated curation of the assemblage at the San Diego Archaeological Center.
A PanGIS Principal Investigator provided on-site project management for archaeological testing and data recovery of cultural material. Based on the history of the neighborhood and other archaeological excavations in the area, historic deposits were expected to be observed, recovered and recorded. The PanGIS staff managed 3-5 archaeologists excavating a series of trenches across one full city block of Little Italy. Results will ground-truth the location of house foundations, privys, and historic trash deposits. Testing is being performed to minimize construction delays for future development. Due to soil contamination from historic land use, HAZWOPER procedures were included in the testing plan and will be implemented. PanGIS wrote the testing plan and the testing report and is overseeing the lab analysis and artifact cataloging. PanGIS will be the lead archaeologist for the construction monitoring program.