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Archaeologists working on Chinese huts at Cromwell, around 1980 (1st of 2)

Archaeologists working on Chinese huts at Cromwell, around 1980

Archaeologists work on a group of huts at Cromwell's 'Chinatown' in the early 1980s. This was part of a major archaeological salvage programme carried out from 1977 to 1987. Archaeologists examined around 60 sites formerly occupied by Chinese gold miners, all of which were to be submerged by the waters of Lake Dunstan, behind the Clyde dam on the Clutha River. The Cromwell 'Chinatown' was the best preserved example of Chinese life in Otago, having been occupied from 1870 to 1920.

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Photograph by Neville Ritchie

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Peter Clayworth, 'Anthropology and archaeology - Expanding worlds, 1960s to 2000s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/44426/archaeologists-working-on-chinese-huts-at-cromwell-around-1980 (accessed 26 May 2017)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 22 Oct 2014