Beginning in the 1980s, archaeologists with the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest began to investigate German Gulch as there was a resurgence of mining in the area. Excavations by GCM Inc., a private archaeology company, in the 1980s and 1990s uncovered thousands of artifacts relating to both the Euro-American and Chinese occupation of German Gulch. Artifacts included Chinese ceramics and food, firearms, and a diverse variety of bottle glass and personal items. These items provide archaeologists an important window into the past and help us understand how these miners lived and worked in German Gulch.
Please follow the link below to learn more on the archaeology of German Gulch through a website created with the financial assistance of Montana Humanities.