Master of Arts (MA)
Anthropology and Ethnic Studies
First Committee Member
Number of Pages
Previous archaeological investigations concerning overseas Chinese in the United States have focused on artifact assemblages in an effort to determine the level of acculturation of Chinese into dominant Euroamerican cultures. These studies indicate that Chinese tenaciously clung to traditional diets and other aspects of their culture, but adapted some foreign technologies. What can other aspects of their culture, such as architecture and mining technology, tell us? Do ruins of dwellings and mines show adherence to Chinese tradition?;This thesis looks at architecture and mining technology in a Chinese placer mining site to determine levels of acculturation in these areas. The architectural remains in American Canyon suggest adherence to some traditional methods, but the study is inconclusive. The mining technology in American Canyon indicates traditional Chinese mining methods were employed, suggesting that the Chinese imported more mining knowledge than previously thought.
American; Archaeological; Canyon; Chinese; County; Historical; Investigations; Nevada; Pershing
Archaeology; Asian Americans--Study and teaching
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Valentine, David Wayne, "Historical and archaeological investigations at 26Pe2137: American Canyon, Pershing County, Nevada" (1999). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1068.
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