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.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Return to Heinlenville

In just over a month, ASC archaeologists will be returning to San José to investigate selected areas of Heinlenville and early Japantown. Fieldwork is scheduled for 14 to 23 April 2009. This work follows up on ASC’s March 2008 test excavations at the site. The blog entries from last year’s work followed our progress and gave the perspective of archaeologists, students, volunteers, and a local historian.

Once work resumes we will update the community on our current activities. Planned excavations include further examination of the Ng Shing Gung Temple site, the Chinese Theater site, and portions of Japantown.

Our blog resumes from the field on the 14th April 2009.

Come visit us in person at our Open House on Saturday 18th April 2009 from 1 to 4:00 p.m. (Follow the link to find out more)