Location: Granada, Colorado, United States
From June 16 through July 15, 2014, the University of Denver will hold its field school in historical archaeology and museum studies at the site of Amache, a World War II-era Japanese American internment camp and associated museum. Students in the field school will learn standard archaeological field methods of surface survey, excavation, and field laboratory techniques. In addition, students will be trainedf for one week by a specialist in landscape archaeology and archaeobotany (both important and expanding fields in archaeology) how to excavate and take botanical samples from historic garden features. Students will also work with digital mapping and ground penetrating radar equipment. At the Museum, students will learn collections management, including artifact inventory and rehousing. There they will engage in hands-on work with historic artifacts and archival materials. Students will also have the opportunity to interact with site and museum visitors, as well as former internees. Field training will be supplemented by readings and lectures. Grades will be assessed based on field performance and writing projects, especially a field journal. The University of Denver is an accredited research institution on the quarter system. The course is offered as Summer Field School in Archaeology (Anth 3990) for four credit hours. Students who desire more credits may make arrangements for an associated independent study. To apply for admittance, complete the form available on the project website: http://portfolio.du.edu/amache
Period(s) of Occupation: World War II
Room and Board Arrangements
Room and board are paid for by a grant and will be provided at no cost to students. Housing situation has not yet been finalized, but students will likely share accomodations. Meals will be provided, although students will need to prepare their own breakfast and lunch.
For more information about the DU Amache project, please visit the project website at http://portfolio.du.edu/amache. Published articles about the project as well as media notices and project newsletters are available through the website.