Historical Archaeology & Heritage Management at a Japanese-American Confinement Camp Amache, Colorado – Institute for Field Research

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Location: Granada, CO, US

Season: June 14, 2020 to July 18, 2020

Application Deadline: April 3, 2020

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Institute for Field Research, Connecticut College, University of Denver

Project Director:
Dr. Bonnie Clark

Project Description:

The Amache Archaeology and Heritage Management Field School is part of a long-term community collaborative project at Amache, a World War II-era Japanese American confinement camp in southeastern Colorado. This project provides a rare opportunity for students to work with survivors in synergistic investigations of the past and its meaning in the present at a National Historic Landmark. Working on-site and in the Amache museum, participants in the field school, gain hands-on experience in intensive site survey, historic artifact analysis, ground penetrating radar, landscape archaeology, collections management, public interpretation and outreach, and community-based research.

Period(s) of Occupation: Historical, Community, Landscape Archaeology & Heritage Management

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Participants must stay entire duration of the field school.

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: No prior experience is required to participate in this field school.

Room and Board Arrangements:
Amache is located near the town of Granada, a small farming community of around 500 residents where members of the field school are well known and welcomed. Students will be housed in the Amache Research Center (ARC), a facility located in and owned by the Town of Granada. A former school facility, the building has air conditioning, separate rooms for male and female students, multiple bathrooms, a locking shower room, a large kitchen, and several public use rooms. All meals will be communal and food for lunch and breakfast is provided in a serve yourself system. Evening meals will be prepared by a cook who can accommodate specific food needs or allergies. Students will have opportunities to purchase their own snacks and additional necessities either in the local convenience store or on trips to stores in nearby towns. Students will rotate through shared responsibilities for the maintenance of the ARC including setting up for meals, dish duty, and cleaning shared spaces.

Academic Credit:
8 Semester Credits credits offered by Connecticut College. Tuition is $4,150.

Contact Information:

Instiute for Field Research

2999 Overland Ave. Suite 103

Los Angeles




Phone: 424-209-1173

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