SAN JOSE — Archeologists have unearthed evidence of a turn-of-the-century Chinatown.
City records, newspaper accounts and fire insurance maps suggest the existence of a Chinese community in the area, but no traces had been found until crews prepared for construction on a freeway extension.
Excavations began in April but were kept secret to prevent looting. By Friday, the site was covered by dirt again after artifacts were removed.
The excavation revealed brick foundations of buildings, asphalt streets and a then-state-of-the-art sewer system. A treasure trove of artifacts was found, including an oil lamp, brown stoneware jars for soy sauce and liquor, and glassware.