Award Date

1-1-1999

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Anthropology and Ethnic Studies

First Committee Member

Alan Simmons

Number of Pages

205

Abstract

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.

Keywords

American; Archaeological; Canyon; Chinese; County; Historical; Investigations; Nevada; Pershing

Controlled Subject

Archaeology; Asian Americans--Study and teaching

File Format

pdf

File Size

5181.44 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/hpdy-u465


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