• Exhibits

    Artifact of the Week: Chinese Hair Pin

    Archaeologists recovered this Chinese bone hair pin from Downtown San Diego. The site housed a working class population during the late Victorian period (c.1880-1915). This hair pin was used to hold the traditional Chinese male topknot hairstyle. This artifact shows…

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    Dig Deeper: What Is Archaeology?

    Dig Deeper is a monthly blog focusing on the basics of archaeology by taking a closer look at the exhibition Archaeology 101, which is currently featured at the Center. What is Archaeology? Archaeology is the study of human history, prehistory,…

  • Exhibits

    Artifact of the Week: Soy Sauce Jug

    Archaeologists recovered this Chinese imported soy sauce jug from Downtown San Diego. The site housed a working class population during the late Victorian period (c.1880-1915). While they worked and lived in traditional American fashion, each immigrant group maintained ties to…

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    Artifact of the Week: Frozen Charlotte Doll

    Frozen Charlotte is a name used to describe a specific form of china doll made from c. 1850 to c.1920. The dolls had substantial popularity during the Victorian era. The name Frozen Charlotte came from an American folk ballad Fair…

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    Artifact of the Week: Harmonica Piece

    Archaeologists recovered this harmonica reed plate from Downtown San Diego. The site housed a working class population during the late Victorian period (c.1880-1915). Although life has its challenges for the inner-city working class, they were able to find time for…

  • Exhibits

    Artifact of the Week: Game Pieces

    Archaeologists recovered these Go game pieces from Downtown San Diego. The site housed a working class population during the late Victorian period (c.1880-1915). Go is an abstract strategy board game for two players. The aim is to surround more territory…