1910 Print Potrero San Pablo Chinese Camp Brooks Island Archaeology XGZ9


This is an original 1910 halftone print of a shellmound at Chinese Camp on the west end of Potrero San Pablo. The deposit is situated on a clay slope, which is approximately eight feet higher than the beach. The second image shows a shellmound on the shore near Brooks Island in California. The visible portion of the shellmound extends 210 feet along the beach and rises 12 feet above beach level. The remainder of the mound lies 15 feet below tide level.

A shellmound or midden is a wasteland used by previous human settlements, which accumulated with domestic waste containing shells, animal bones, human excrement, vermin and other ecological and human waste products. These pits were originally created by nomadic groups, who generally utilized the disposal area a single time before moving on. However, sedentary communities would use the dumps for extended periods of time.


This 101+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine+. Light aging throughout. Small crease - bottom margin. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage.

  • Product Type: Original Halftone Print; Black / White
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine+
  • Dimensions: Approximately 6 x 8.5 inches; 15 x 22 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Keywords specific to this image: American Ethnology, Ancient Cultures, Ancient Civilizations, Archaeological, Excavation, Historic Image