Arboretum Chinese Labor Quarters

A collaborative, community-based archaeology project about the history of Chinese workers at Stanford

Affiliated Projects

Find out more about projects related to the archaeology of the Chinese Diaspora and our affiliates.

Cangdong Village Project

The Cangdong Village Project is the first archaeological excavation of a qiaoxiang (home village) of 19th century migrants from China’s Pearl River Delta region, many of whom made their way to the United States. The project is a research collaboration among scholars in China and the United States in order to investigate the daily material practices of village residents from the Late Qing Dynasty (1875-1912) and Early Republic Period (1912-1927).

Logo for the Market Street Chinatown Archaeology Project (ceramic sherd of the Double Happiness pattern).

Market Street Chinatown Archaeology Project

Market Street Chinatown Archaeology Project is a research and education program developed to catalog, analyze, report, and curate a remarkable collection of artifacts that were excavated in 1985-1988 from the San Jose Market Street Chinatown. This is a joint project with the Stanford Archaeology Center, the Stanford University Department of Anthropology, and the Chinese Historical and Cultural Project.

Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project

The Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project seeks to give a voice to the Chinese migrants whose labor on the Transcontinental Railroad helped to shape the physical and social landscape of the American West. The Project coordinates research in North America and Asia in order to publish new findings in print and digital formats, support new and scholarly informed school curriculum, and participate in conferences and public events.

Project Sponsors

Stanford Heritage Services

Lands, Buildings, and Real Estate

Stanford Archaeology Center


Cooperating Organizations

Stanford Department of Anthropology

Stanford University Archaeology Collections