49ers and Firm Foundations: A Short Archaeological History of San Francisco’s Civic Center

Author(s): Rebecca Karberg

Year: 2015


As part of the work undertaken as part of the rehabilitation of the historic Federal Office Building at 50 United Nations Plaza in San Francisco, the US General Services Administration uncovered some of the remaining foundations for San Francisco’s old City Hall, which was destroyed in the earthquake of 1906. These foundations represent the easternmost extent of the city hall, which had not been previously documented. Previous work on the rehabilitation project had turned up artifacts that originated from another chapter in the site’s history, when the civic center area of San Francisco served as the main burial ground for the city, Yerba Buena Cemetery. In this paper I will explore the archaeological history of this small but important part of San Francisco, the artefacts that GSA has uncovered at the site of 50 United Nations Plaza, and the role that the federal government plays in preserving and maintaining these historic resources.

SAA 2015 abstracts made available in tDAR courtesy of the Society for American Archaeology and Center for Digital Antiquity Collaborative Program to improve digital data in archaeology. If you are the author of this presentation you may upload your paper, poster, presentation, or associated data (up to 3 files/30MB) for free. Please visit http://www.tdar.org/SAA2015 for instructions and more information.

Cite this Record

49ers and Firm Foundations: A Short Archaeological History of San Francisco’s Civic Center. Rebecca Karberg. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 398196)

This Resource is Part of the Following Collections

Spatial Coverage

min long: -125.464; min lat: 32.101 ; max long: -114.214; max lat: 42.033 ;