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Archaeological notes on a California Chinese shrimp boiler

Abstract

Excavations at a late 19th century Chinese shrimp fishing camp in Marin County, California, uncovered the remains of the brick firebox and iron vat base of a shrimp boiler. Construction of this feature, particularly the absence of any evidence of a chimney, follows traditional Chinese patterns which were later modified. The boiler is smaller than similar structures in historical reports and located further from the water—differences interpreted as related to variability in boat and crew sizes and changes in other aspects of processing technology which evolved through the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Schulz, P.D., Lortie, F. Archaeological notes on a California Chinese shrimp boiler. Hist Arch 19, 86–95 (1985). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03374052

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