History & Archaeology

The City of Stockton works to protect, preserve, and document its local heritage. Planning for the City's future includes understanding the city's past.


History, Archaeology, and Today's Redevelopment

Stockton is a large urban center.  In fact, Stockton is the 13th largest city in the State of California.  And with Stockton's continued growth, comes new residents, new businesses, new opportunities, and new construction projects.  Today's urban redevelopment is helping to bring the City of Stockton into the 21st century in exciting and dynamic ways.


When projects include money received from the state or federal government, the city must comply with laws created to help protect our nation's natural and cultural resources.  One of these laws is the National Historic Preservation Act.  Important archaeology sites and historic buildings are often nominated to the National Register of Historic Places where they may receive long-term protection. The City of Stockton complies with these laws to preserve our history. The City protects its rich heritage by ensuring historic sites are always studied and well documented for the public.


This can also reveal some unexpected and fascinating finds.  In these pages, read about recent archaeological discoveries made in downtown Stockton.  Sometimes new archaeological findings, buried beneath our city parking lots and buildings, occur when you least expect it. 


External Links

National Historic Preservation Act

National Register of Historic Places

This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 7/14/2015