CoDA on the Road – Amache Relocation Camp

The good news about digital archaeology is that it often doesn’t require any travel. The bad news is that it often doesn’t require any travel! This week is one of those rare exceptions, as Michael Ashley heads out to spend four days in Colorado to lend his digital documentation skills to the University of Denver.

A Japanese-America family in the garden outside their barracks

CoDA first became involved with the Amache Research project through a University of Denver graduate student who took our Digital Imaging immersive course this past summer. Camp Amache (formally designated the Granada War Relocation Center) was one of ten relocation centers created in 1942 in response to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. During World War II thousands of Japanese Americans were interred there as a result of government paranoia and anti-Japanese sentiment.

Today, the camp is a recognized National Historic Landmark, and is the site of

The research team stands at the site of the water tower

an ongoing archaeological research project led by Dr. Bonnie Clark of the University of Denver. You can learn more about this project, read press releases, and view pictures at the DU Amache Research Project website. For more information on the history of the camp, check out the Amache Preservation Society, a volunteer organization run by Granada high school students, who have also started a memorial museum on the site.

We’ll be hearing more about the project from Michael, and Dr. Clark’s students next week. Stay tuned!

Close-up of the Granada inscription on the water tower

All photos in this post Copyright ©2011 DU Amache Research Project, Granada, CO.

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