Digging Amache: Revealing a Confined Community

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May 201122

Japanese American National Museum
100 N Central Ave
Los Angeles, California, 90012
United States

Archaeology is popularly associated with ancient remains, but the techniques of the discipline can be a particularly valuable tool for better understanding more recent, shadowed histories, like the interment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Since 2006, the University of Denver (DU) has been engaged in archaeological research at the Granada Relocation Center National Historic Landmark, better known as Amache, on the high plains of Colorado. A primary reason Amache received Landmark status are the many physical remains still there to bear testimony to life in the camp, including evidence of the camp layout such as roads and building foundations, internee modifications to the camp landscape, and objects scattered over the area or deposited in the camp trash dumps. 

Led by Dr. Bonnie Clark, Associate Professor of Anthropology, the DU Amache project is dedicated to researching, preserving and interpreting the tangible history of Amache. In this talk, Dr. Clark will discuss how archaeology is revealing the rich material resources of the site. Research on these remains yields surprising details about daily life in the camp, especially strategies internees employed to transform the stark environment of the camp. By working with former internees and their families, DU students and professors have aligned with the communities engaged in remembering and preserving this nationally significant site.

Program is free with admission. Reservations recommended to rsvp@janm.org or 213.625.0414 at least 48 hours prior to the event. Include the name, date, and time of the program, as well as your name and the total in your party.



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