Topic ID #30975 - posted 2/3/2014 8:44 AM

Collaborative Field School in Historical Archaeology and Museum Studies

Jennifer Palmer

Since 2005, the University of Denver (DU) Anthropology Department has been engaged in a community-based project to research, interpret, and preserve the tangible remains of Amache, one of 10 World War II era Japanese American Internment camps.  Every other summer we host a field school in archaeology and museum studies at the site, which is a National Historic Landmark, and associated museum.  Students in the 2014 field school will learn standard archaeological field methods of surface survey, excavation, and field laboratory techniques.  In addition, one week of the field school will be devoted to the archaeology of Amache‚Äôs gardens. Students will be trained 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 former internees and site visitors.

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:

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