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University of Denver, Department of Anthropology
The Archaeology of Japanese American Internment at Amache, Colorado
The Granada Relocation Center was home to over 10,000 individuals of Japanese descent during World War II. Better known as Amache, the site contains remarkably intact evidence of life in the internment camp, with building foundations, surface artifacts, and internee-created landscaping. Since 2005, the University of Denver (DU), Department of Anthropology has led a community-based heritage project at Amache and the associated Amache museum in Granada, Colorado. Grounded in community collaboration, the DU Amache Project provides needed expertise while creating a forum for training students in historical archaeology, museum studies, and engaged anthropology. The project website provides information to Amache stakeholders, the general public, and the academic community, including results of past research and opportunities to join in future work.