Heinlenville was one of six San José Chinatowns. Archaeologists from the Anthropological Studies Center, Sonoma State University and local San José historians are working with the Redevelopment Agency, City of San José to unearth selected areas of Heinlenville and early Japantown. The test excavation took place from the 11th to 17th March 2008, and data recovery excavation was conducted from the 14th to 23rd of April 2009. Work continues now back at the ASC lab, as we process artifacts and soil samples recovered from the site.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Status Report

You may have noticed recent additions have been few and far between. Right now our energies have shifted to processing the artifacts that we brought back from San Jose. Once the analysis is complete, our Lab Manager, Erica Gibson, will write an update.

Pottery fragments from a decorative green vaseIn the meantime, you could check out our current field project in San Francisco, Merrie Way Stands, near the site of the Sutro Baths.

If you visit our main web site at

you can also read more about ongoing
and past projects.

Maria Ribeiro
ASC Staff