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Urban Life Through the Lens of Glass: A Brief Analysis of Glass Tableware and Flaked Objects from the 19th Century San Jose Market Street Chinatown, California

Author(s): Nathan Acebo

Year: 2015

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Summary

The Market Street Chinatown archaeological collection offers a diverse assemblage of artifacts that shed light on the urban social lives of Overseas Chinese communities in San Jose, California during the late 19th century (1866-1887). Glass objects constitute a considerable percentage of the total archaeological collection and includes a massive assortment of medicinal and cuisine containers, architectural features, and domestic objects. The bricolage collection of glass permits discriminate analyses of artifact functions and consumer choices commonly explored in traditional archaeological glass studies. However, it is argued that specific attention to particular functional forms of glass may represent subtle usages of glass in urban life. More specifically, I present quantitative and qualitative data on glass tableware, flaking retouch on fragmented vessels, and raise questions concerning depositional processes of glass in

historical archaeology.


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Urban Life Through the Lens of Glass: A Brief Analysis of Glass Tableware and Flaked Objects from the 19th Century San Jose Market Street Chinatown, California. Nathan Acebo. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433891)


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Temporal Keywords
19th century (1866-1887)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 202

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America