City of San Diego, 4th and J Street (Chinatown) Artifact Analysis and Curation Project
Cultural monitoring for a redevelopment project at 4th and J Streets in downtown San Diego uncovered a deposit of approximately 1,000 Asian and Euro-American historic-era artifacts. A PanGIS Historian was the cultural lead and oversaw the lab artifact cataloging, artifact analysis, comparative analysis, curation, and a technical report. Twenty percent of the collection is from the Chinese American period and was analyzed by a historian specializing in the history of Chinese American communities in Southern California. PanGIS analyzed the Euro-American artifacts, which was 80% of the collection. PanGIS staff met with representatives from the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum to discuss the finds and the curation of the Chinese portion of the artifacts. The Euro-American artifacts are curated at the San Diego Archaeological Center. PanGIS staff authored a Historical Resource Technical Report according to City of San Diego Historical Resources Board guidelines.