Digging Jacksonville – Archeology in our Town

Digging to the Point in Jacksonville – by Andrew Bastier

Digging Jacksonville – October 2015

The Jacksonville area is a unique melting pot of Oregon’s historical past. Whether it’s the first timeworn photographs of Peter Britt or the earliest Chinese settlement in the Pacific Northwest, Jacksonville […]

Artifacts 11: Mourning Buttons – by Carol Knapp

Digging Jacksonville – September 2015

This “mourning button” is one of the many artifacts found during repairs to my own home, the historic Booker House on South Oregon Street. Black attire, including buttons, was popularized by […]

Exciting NEWS from the trenches!

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, each state is making a short video to highlight the importance of this act, and the archaeological research that it has supported. The […]

Artifacts 10: The Cuttlebone Conundrum – by Jorden Peery

Digging Jacksonville – August 2015

As an archaeologist, I am constantly making unlikely, but fascinating connections between my work and things that I come across every day. Perhaps the least likely of these connections came to […]

Artifacts 9: Stoneware Gin Bottles – by Chelsea Rose, MA, RPA

Digging Jacksonville – July 2015

Summer is here, and for many of us that means the season for gin and tonics and frosty mugs of beer! A recent archaeological find along First Street reminded us that […]

Artifact 8: Butchered Bear Bone – by Katie Johnson

Digging Jacksonville – June 2015

Chinese immigrants were an important part of early Jacksonville. Despite this, they were often victims of racist stereotypes both during the occupation of the Chinese Quarter, and today, through misrepresentations (or […]

Artifacts 7: Ceramics from Jacksonville’s Chinese Quarter – by Emily Helmer

Digging Jacksonville – May 2015

Imported ceramics are one of the most common artifact types found in Chinese sites in the American West, and Jacksonville’s Chinese Quarter site is no exception. A large collection of ceramic […]

Artifacts 6: Animal Bones – by Kyle Crebbin

Digging Jacksonville – April 2015

In 2013, the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology (SOULA) excavated a burned house in what was formerly Jacksonville’s Chinese Quarter. Thousands of bones, or faunal remains, from a variety of […]

Artifacts 5: Medicine Bottles from the Booker House – by Sarah Lind

Digging Jacksonville – March 2015

The Booker House was built in 1880 and is a contributing resource to Jacksonville’s National Historic Landmark District. The house is currently owned by long-time Jacksonville resident Carol Knapp, who contacted […]

Artifacts 4: Chinese Bone Dice – by Sage King

Digging Jacksonville – February 2015

In October, 2013, the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology (SOULA) excavated a Chinese house in the historic Chinese Quarter of Jacksonville which burnt down in 1888. […]