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After the Gold Rush: Workers discover artifacts from the boom days in 1880s San Francisco

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Artifacts from the heady days of the Californian Gold Rush have been unearthed by workers digging San Francisco’s multi-billion dollar transport terminal.

They include clay opium pipes from a Chinese laundry, French perfume bottles, a chipped porcelain chamber pot found in an outhouse and animal bone toothbrushes.

City archaeologists and residents are excited by the 70 artifacts discovered beneath their feet during the excavation of the $3.9 billion (£2.5bn) Transbay Transit Centre.

The old demolished terminal stood on the same site once inhabited by working-class Irish immigrants and Chinese labourers who lived back to back on the sand dunes of the busy Gold Rush port known as Yerba Buena Cove.

They were the Donahues and the Dollivers, the Wings and the Lings, and the now-seemingly quaint accoutrements of their lives are being unearthed. Read more.