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