Lecture     Series: Oregon Chinese Diaspora Project

Archaeology of the Despised: Blacks, Jews, Chinese

Free and open to the public
Thursday, July 11, 2019
6PM – 8PM

  • Free
  • Family-friendly
  • Researchers
  • Teachers

Canyon City Community Center
123 Washington Street
Canyon City, Oregon 97820
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Event Type: LectureAudience(s): Family-friendly, Researchers, TeachersLocation: Canyon City

Despite its gloomy title, this topic isn’t so depressing. Some accepted racism and poverty as parts of life in the nineteenth-century Far West, but archaeology shows that human tenacity and the ability to adapt were alive and well. African American railway porters, Gold Rush era Chinese merchants, and urban Polish Jews were as culturally different as can be. And yet their varied responses to adversity — as preserved in their artifacts and history —show the common resolve to live in dignity that is part of our shared humanity.

Adrian Praetzellis’s experience in archaeology began on Roman and medieval sites in the United Kingdom even before he dropped out of high school. Adrian learned his trade on the British archaeology circuit, slowly advancing from itinerant digger to site supervisor. Since moving to the United States, he has taught archaeology to generations of university students and written a stack of technical articles that hardly anyone reads. Adrian is also the author of three modestly successful books on archaeological method and theory, most recently Archaeological Theory in a Nutshell (Routledge 2015). He has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from UC Berkeley and is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Sonoma State University. (Want to see photos of his grandkids? Just ask.)

Ability Accommodation Information

This event provides the following accommodations:

  • Handicap Accessible


Adrian Praetzellis

About the Oregon Chinese Diaspora Project

The Oregon Chinese Diaspora Project is a collaborative multi-agency partnership dedicated to research and education on Oregon's early Chinese population. The project is currently working on sites from across the state, within investigations focusing on Chinese railroad workers associated with the Oregon and California Railroad and its early attempts to cross the Siskiyou mountains (1883-1884), gold mining in the Blue Mountains (1860-1910), and rural Chinese communities. The archaeological field school, public volunteer opportunities, and outreach events planned for the summer of 2019 make the project and its findings accessible to Oregonians with an interest in the underrepresented history of our state.

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