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Exploring The Merchandise Of The Pon Yam Store In Idaho City: What Do We Tell The Public About Chinese Olives And Dracontomelon?

Author(s): Mary Anne Davis ; Susie Osgood

Year: 2015

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Summary

The Boise National Forest and the Idaho City Historical Foundation formed a partnership to restore the Pon Yam Store to its original character as a nineteenth century Chinese merchant’s shop, and adapt the building for use as a museum and research center.  An opportunity to excavate under the floor boards in the store by FS archaeologists and volunteers provided a look at artifacts not usually found in archaeological sites due to a lack of preservation.  Firecrackers, incense sticks, and botanical remains were preserved in the dry soil under the boards.  The collected botanical remains included a vast number of Chinese olive seeds and a smaller number of an unknown seed eventually identified as Dracontomelon.  How rare are these Dracontomelon seeds in the archaeological record of the West?


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Exploring The Merchandise Of The Pon Yam Store In Idaho City: What Do We Tell The Public About Chinese Olives And Dracontomelon?. Mary Anne Davis, Susie Osgood. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434234)


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Temporal Keywords
1870-1900


Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 430

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