|Title||Gifts from the Celestial Kingdom|
|Author||Layton, Thomas N.|
xv, 269 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
In 1850, the sailing vessel, Frolic, was wrecked on the California coast with a rich cargo of Chinese goods bound for Gold Rush San Francisco. In Layton's prior book, "The Voyage of the 'Frolic': Mew England Merchants and the Opium Trade" Layton tells the story of his excavation of an ancient Pomo Indian Village site in Mendocino, where, to his surprise, he recovered Chinese porcelain potsherds. Tracing these potsherds lead to the discovery of the Frolic.
In this sequel volume, Layton describes the full trajectory of the Frolic's final cargo from four different perspectives: that of John Herd Everett, the California merchant who assembled the cargo in China; the sailors and Pomo Indians who scavenged the cargo immediately after the wreck; the twentieth-century divers who scavenged it again; and finally, through Layton's scientific perspective as an archeologist.
Layton, Thomas N.
|Notes||Gift from Robert Becker 2/2014|