A years-long research project works to recognize the contributions of 12,000 Chinese railroad workers who helped build the First Transcontinental Railroad. Leland Stanford was President of the Central Pacific line.
Dr. Laura Jones is the Stanford Director of Heritage Services and University Archaeologist. Jones coordinates preservation efforts for areas of the University’s campus, including hundreds of historic buildings and more than 100 campus archaeological sites. She oversaw excavation of the former Men’s Gymnasium — which was destroyed during the Great Earthquake of 1906 — and the transformation of the Old Chemistry Building, among other historical archaeology projects.
At least 5,000 years before Spanish soldiers first set foot on California soil, the ancestors of the present-day Muwekma Ohlone tribe lived, fished and buried their dead on the land that was to become Stanford University.
Researchers reveal Stanford’s hidden history at an open house for Stanford Archaeology Center’s new exhibit, “Before Stanford: Founding Communities, Present Pasts,” on Friday, Oct. 21 (CAROLINE GAO/The Stanford Daily).
This past summer, archaeologists from the Çatalhöyük Research Project unearthed two marble figurines, considered one of the most significant finds in the project’s 23-year history.
Last summer, Claudia McKenzie ’18 uncovered a 10,000 year old painting using just small dental tools. The find came during McKenzie’s first experience with archaeology, at the Stanford Archaeology Center’s “field school” in Catalhoyuk, Turkey.
The Stanford Archaeology Center is currently home to a student-produced exhibit that explores Native American culture specific to Northern California. The exhibit first opened to the public on June 4, 2015 and will remain on display throughout this academic year.
Stanford archaeologist Laura Jones is one of three Stanford faculty members to win the Amy J. Blue Award. As director of heritage services and special projects, Jones has been celebrated as “a champion of all things Stanford” and for setting a high ethical benchmark in the care of tribal remains. Jones was recognized by President…