Current Projects

Market Street Chinatown Archaeology Project

MSCAP is a research and education program developed to catalog, analyze, report, and curate a remarkable collection of artifacts that were excavated in 1985-1988 from the San Jose Market Street Chinatown. This is a joint project with the Stanford Archaeology Center, the Stanford University Department of Anthropology, and the Chinese Historical and Cultural Project.

Arboretum Chinese Labor Quarters (ACLQ)

The ACLQ presents a unique and important opportunity to engage scholars, students, and members of the Chinese American community to partner in studying the important role of Chinese employees in the founding and operating of Stanford University. Located in the Stanford University Arboretum, residents of the labor quarters were instrumental in the creation and maintenance of the University’s iconic historic landscapes: the Arboretum, Palm Drive, the Oval, and the gardens of the Main Quadrangle. The site was occupied between 1883 and 1925 when the last resident left and the buildings were demolished.

Cangdong Village Project

The Cangdong Village Project is the first archaeological excavation of a qiaoxiang (home village) of 19th century migrants from China’s Pearl River Delta region, many of whom made their way to the United States. The project is a research collaboration among scholars in China and the United States in order to investigate the daily material practices of residents dating to periods before, during, and after 19th century migration.

Former Projects

The Tao River Archaeology Project (TRAP)

The Tao River Archaeological Project investigates technological changes in Northwest China during the late Neolithic period and the Bronze Age along the Tao River in Gansu Province, China. It is a collaborative project between the Gansu Provincial Institute of Archaeology and Harvard University.

Blackfriary site, Trim, Ireland

At the time I went, the field school was run through the Institute for Field Research and the Irish Archaeology Field School.  Now, students can attend the Blackfriary Archaeology Field School (BAFS). The Dominican friary of St. Mary of the Assumption was founded in 1263, and suppressed by Henry VIII in 1542. During the 1750s it was taken down for building stone. Since 2010 archaeological excavations at the Black Friary have helped to clarify the outline of several of the friary buildings, investigate burials practices at the site, examine medieval agricultural practices to the east of the friary buildings, and locate the boundary between the friary and the town.