Marysville Chinatown

Archaeological work by Dan Hall and crew of Western Cultural Inc. during the 2004-2005 field seasons, uncovered thousands of artifacts from Marysville, MT's Chinatown dating to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The project was part of an effort to revitalize Marysville with road improvements by the Montana Department of Transportation. Encompassing portions of state and private land, archaeologists excavated the remnants of a Chinese laundry and dwellings. Artifacts included Chinese gaming pieces and poker chips, Chinese ceramics, various metal fragments, and a broad variety of animal bones that relate to food and pets. The collection is now housed at the University of Montana is available for study.