(after Praetzellis 1994:ii)
Scavenging, bottle digging, and souvenir hunting destroy archaeologicalsites. They’re also illegal. According to the State of California, Administrative Code, Title 14, Section 4307: No person shall remove,injure, or deface or destroy any object of paleontological, archaeological,or historical interest or value. The State of California Penal Code, Title 14,Section 622.5 states that it is a misdemeanor offense for any person other than the owner to willfully damage or destroy archaeological or historical features on public or privately owned land.Scavenging is also dangerous. Without training in safety measures, peoplehave been severely injured when their pits collapse around them.Soils—especially in industrial neighborhoods—can be dangerous, and should not be removed without testing for hazardous materials and the possible necessity for protective measures. Archaeology classes are available locally. Individuals wishing to dig areencouraged to seek them out, so that their endeavors can help preservehistory, and do not end with injury, sickness, or arrest.
Oakland’s San Pablo Avenue Chinatown:A compilation of research to aid the upcoming archaeological sensitivity study andtreatment plan to be drafted by the archaeological contractor for Forest City’s Uptownredevelopment project.Copyright 2005 Anna NarutaFirst distributed January 19, 2005Figures and Appendices added January 23, 2005UptownChinatown.orgOakland, CaliforniaThis report will be available at the Oakland Public Library’s Oakland History Room andAsian Branch Library, the City of Oakland's Oakland Cultural Heritage Survey, and theOakland Asian Cultural Center, and online at UptownChinatown.org.