SAN GABRIEL - California’s industrial revolution has its roots in a small grist mill built by an ex-pirate on a 40-acre farm at the San Gabriel Mission, archaeologists said.
Archaeologists working with the Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority have a chance to uncover more information about the story of Chapman’s Mill and other important mission and Native American artifacts buried just across the street from today’s mission building.
The dig began in December and will continue through mid-March, officials said. Artifacts found so far include a brass religious medallion, a Spanish coin from 1816, tiles, pottery, beads and animal bones.
“This is an unprecedented opportunity for us to delve into the history of San Gabriel and the San Gabriel Valley as a whole,” said John Dietler, the lead archaeologist. “Right beneath us are the very roots of Los Angeles.” Read more.