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DU Amache Field School

Location: Granada, Colorado, United States

June 9, 2016 to July 16, 2016

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Deadline Type: 
Contact for details

Flyer: PDF icon 2016_fs_flyer_v2.pdf

Program Type

Field school



University of Denver, Anthropology

Project Director:

Dr. Bonnie J. Clark, University of Denver

Project Description

From June 9 through July 16, 2016, 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 in 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 engage with site and museum visitors, as well as former internees through activities such as oral history, leading site tours, and producing public interpretations.  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:

Period(s) of Occupation: World War II

This is a community archaeology project.

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Students participate for the duration of the field school

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 
No experience required but students with a background in archaeology, museum studies, community collaboration, or history are more likely to be accepted.

Room and Board Arrangements

Room and board are paid for by a grant and will be provided at no cost to students.  Housing will be in shared bedrooms in a research facility in Granada, Colorado. Meals will be provided, although students will need to prepare their own breakfast and lunch.

The only cost is tuition ($4900), however students must provide their own transportation to Denver. Participants are responsible for incidentals and must bring bedding and basic personal equipment (daypack, water bottle, etc.).

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
University of Denver
Number of credits offered 4


Contact Information
Dr. Bonnie J. Clark
University of Denver, Anthropology, 2000 E. Asbury (Sturm 146)
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For more information about the DU Amache project, please visit the project website at  Published articles about the project as well as media notices and project newsletters are available through the website.