Colloquium to Examine Archaeology of the Asian Diaspora in California

Presentations Feb. 28 to include excavations of Chinatowns in Riverside, Redlands and San Bernardino

Laura Ng

Laura Ng of the National Park Service will discuss the archaeology of the Japanese internment camp at Manzanar, Calif.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The Archaeological Institute of America, Local Society-Riverside and Inland Southern California will present a colloquium on the “Archaeology of the Asian Diaspora in California” on Saturday, Feb. 28, from noon to 2 p.m. at UCR ARTSblock, 3824 Main St., in downtown Riverside.

Presentations will include:

  • “Archaeology of Manzanar,” Laura Ng, National Park Service
  • “Chinese Abalone Harvesting Sites in the Channel Islands,” Linda Bentz, San Diego State University
  • “Los Angeles Chinatown Excavations,” John Foster, Greenwood Associates Inc.
  • “San Bernardino and San Luis Obispo Chinatown Excavations,” Kholood Abdo-Hintzman, Applied Earthworks Inc.
  • “Redlands Chinatown Excavations,” Beth Padon, Discovery Works Inc., and Karen K. Swope, Statistical Research Inc.
  • “Riverside Chinatown Excavation and Its Future,” Marjorie Akin, Save Our Chinatown Committee

The event is free and open to the public.Seating is limited.

In conjunction with the colloquium, members of the Save Our Chinatown Committee will lead a walking tour of the Riverside Chinatown archaeological site on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 10 to 11 a.m. The tour is free, open to the public, and will begin at the corner of Pine Street and Tequesquite Avenue.

This colloquium provides a unique opportunity to learn about these important chapters in the history of California from the archaeologists who have excavated, researched, and fought to preserve these sites, said Denver Graninger, an assistant professor of history at UC Riverside who has been working to establish a local society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA).

Denver Graninger

Denver Graninger

The institute is the oldest and largest organization in North America devoted to archaeology. The nonprofit group, founded in 1879 and chartered by Congress in 1906, has more than 200,000 members in local societies in the United States.

The AIA Local Society-Riverside and Inland Southern California strives to implement the mission of the AIA in Riverside and San Bernardino counties by: supporting archaeological research and fieldwork; educating peers, students, and the interested public about archaeology; and advocating for the preservation of archaeological sites around the world as part of our shared cultural heritage.

For more information about the event, visit the AIA Local Society website or Facebook page, or contact AIA Local Society organizers Denver Graninger, at, and Craig Lesh, CEO of Heritage Education Programs, at

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