• Description

  • The Department of Anthropology at the University of Denver (DU) is engaged in long-term community based research at Amache, the site of a World War II Japanese American internment camp in Colorado.  Work on this project is on-going so please continue to return to this site for updates.

    For breaking news on the DU Amache project, visit our Facebook page at: 



  • Contact Information

  • For more information about the DU Amache Research project, please contact Dr. Bonnie Clark

    email: bclark@du.edu

    phone: 303.871.2875

  • Project Newsletter

  • The DU Amache Research Project is pleased to share its results in many ways, including public talks, museum exhibits, and professional presentations.  Below you will find a link to our newsletter.  Please enjoy it and feel free to share it with others who might as well!

  • 2020 Newsletter.pdf

  • 2019 Newsletter.pdf

  • 2018 Newsletter.pdf

  • 2017 Newsletter.pdf

  • 2016 Newsletter.pdf

  • 2015 Newsletter.pdf

  • 2014 Newsletter.pdf

  • 2013 Newsletter.pdf

  • 2012 newsletter.pdf

  • 2011 Newsletter

  • 2010 Newsletter

  • Community Exhibit

  • The DU Amache Project and the DU Museum of Anthropology have teamed to create Connecting the Pieces: Dialogues about the Amache Archaeology Collection.  This is an exhibit produced collaboratively by DU students and community members.  

    An online version of the exhibit is hosted here: http://www.du.edu/ahss/anthropology/museum/exhibits/virtualexhibits/amache/index.html  

    A travelling version of the exhibit is available for loan.  For more information about the exhibit, see the flyer below.  For queries regarding the travelling exhibit, contact Anne Amati at 303.871.2687 or anne.amati@du.edu

    A technical report about the 2012 exhibit is also available below.

  • Flyer for Amache travelling exhibit

  • Behind Connecting the Pieces Fall 2013 tech repo

  • Community Reflections

  • Digging for my Roots

    In this article for the Fresno Zoo volunteer newsletter, The Lynxline, long time project volunteer and former Amache incarceree Carlene Tanigoshi Tinker writes about her family history and involvement with the DU Amache Project: Digging for my roots_Carlene.pdf 

  • Blog by Amache Volunteer

    In 2016, Greg Kitajima, a gardener and Amache descendant, worked with the DU Amache crews on a garden excavation.  He reflects on this experience in this blog for the North American Japanese Garden Association: https://northamericanjapanesegardenassociation.wordpress.com/2016/11/10/uncovering-a-garden-plot-and-a-family-history/ 

  • Returning to Amache: Former Japanese American Internees Assist Archaeological Research Team

    Dennis Fujita volunteered in 2014 and 2016 with the DU Amache Project. He shares his family history and experience volunteering with the field crew in this article just published by the journal, Historical Archaeology. Click below to read the article: https://link.springer.com/epdf/10.1007/s41636-018-0129-4?author_access_token=I2by6DwdHFIwUdkKsIFiUfe4RwlQNchNByi7wbcMAY4nuH40TDfHicH7ASQGTXl9EEXt6ohKfgr61JvX51zS3zIZ0Iyq4A7gCCnRl_rsUhphbJAYkJi5Ql3rXCI6wOKasy_yU2Id-Crs4mEX4PRMqg%3D%3D

  • Descendant Volunteer reflection

    This article was written originally written for the 2013 DU Amache Newsletter by project volunteer and Amache descendant, Kirsten Leong: Leong_Newsletter_Article_2013.docx 

  • DU Amache Publications

  • Accessing Amache Theses

    All of the Master's theses written by students associated with the DU Amache Project are available through the DU Digital Commons site: https://digitalcommons.du.edu/amache_etd/

  • From the Inside Out: Thinking through the Archaeology of Japanese American Confinement

    Project Director Dr. Bonnie Clark and alumni Dana Ogo Shew teamed to write this piece for a special issue of the International Journal of Historical Archaeology on how archaeological research combined with the memories of Amache survivors can provide hypotheses about both pre and post-WWII Japanese American sites.  You can access an online version of the article here: https://rdcu.be/b9jnw

  • Social networks and the Development of Neighborhood Identities article

    Co-field Directors April Kamp-Whittaker and Bonnie Clark contributed an article to the Archaeology Papers of the American Anthropological Association.  You can access the article here:  Kamp-Whittaker Clark 2019_Social Networks and Development of Neighborhood Identities.pdf

  • Amache Mapping Products

    Since 2010, the DU Amache Project has teamed with Jim Casey, GIS Specialist, to produce digital maps for Amache.  Here are two products that Jim has created for the public to interact with this data:

    The Amache Camp Directory Map is a way to quickly locate the barrack location(s) of internees.  It is derived from the 1943 and 1945 camp directory data: http://arcg.is/H0a48
    Mapping Amache is Jim's blog, including aerial photography of the site: https://mappingamache.wordpress.com/
  • Powerful objects difficult dialogues (Clark and Amati 2018)

    This article co-written by Bonnie Clark and Anne Amatie reflects on Connecting the Pieces: Dialogues on the DU Amache Collection. It was recently published in a thematic issue of the International Journal of Heritage Studies.

  • Artifacts, Contested Histories, and other Archaeological Hotspots

    Project Director, Bonnie Clark, reflects on the Amache project and archaeology as a contemporary practice in this piece published in the journal Historical Archaeology: https://rdcu.be/3Rgd 

  • The echoes of Amache

    DU Professor Esteban Gomez wrote this piece about DU Amache project volunteers he met at the 2016 Amache field school.  It can be accessed here:http://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/children-of-amache/


  • Precedent--A short film

    Dr. Esteban Gomez of the University of Denver, along with two of our students, produced a short film about the connections between internment history and the current political climate.  It features images of Amache and interviews with Dr. Bonnie Clark.  That film can be viewed at https://www.sapiens.org/culture/trump-travel-ban-world-war-ii/

  • NAJGA article.pdf

    Dr. Bonnie Clark's research was featured in Issue #4 (2017) of The Journal of the North American Japanese Garden Association.  The association has kindly allowed us to make that article available to the public here.

  • Armstrong-Fumero - ch5.pdf

    This chapter, "Cultivating Community" is from Legacies of Space and Intangible Heritage: Archaeology, Ethnohistory, and the Politics of Cultural Continuity in the Americas edited by Fernando Armstrong-Fumero and Julio Hoil Gutierrez (2017).  This electronic copy was made available to the community through the goodwill of the publisher, University Press of Colorado.

  • Perserverance and Prejudice

    This Chapter, from Prisoners of War: Archaeology, Memory, and Heritage of 19th- and 20th-Century Mass Internment (Mytum 2013) is based on thesis research at Amache by two DU alumni, Dana Ogo Shew and April Kamp-Whittaker.

  • When the Foreign is not Exotic: Ceramics at Colorado’s WWII Japanese Internment Camp

    This chapter from, Trade and Exchange: Archaeological Studies from History and Prehistory (2010) was written by Stephanie Skiles, a former MA student, and Dr. Bonnie Clark, the director of the DU Amache project.

  • Communities Negotiating Preservation

    This publication, based on the thesis research of DU alumni Jennifer Otto, is a contribution to Southeast Colorado Heritage Tourism Report (2009), edited by Rudi Hartmann, Wash Park Media, Denver.  

  • Amache from online encyclopedia

    Dr. Bonnie Clark contributed an entry on Amache to the Densho Encyclopedia of Internment.  It can be accessed through this link: http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Amache%20(Granada)/ 

  • Anthropology Students Uncover WWII History--DU Magazine article


  • Award-winning video about 2008 Field School


    This video on the 2008 Field School, produced by the DU Communications office, won an award at the Society for American Archaeology 2009 film festival.

  • Community Partners

  • Amache Preservation Society


    The Amache Preservation Society (APS) has worked for many years to preserve the site of Amache and the memories, keepsakes, and historical documentation of those whose lives were forever changed by it.  We have worked with the collections of the APS museum during each of our field schools.  For more information about the APS please visit the link above.

  • Japanese American Association of Colorado


    The Japanese American Association of Colorado has generously donated salary for graduate students who served as field supervisors during each of DU's field schools at Amache (2008 2010, 2012, and 2014).  For more information about the Japanese American Association of Colorado, please visit their website.

  • University of Denver, Center for Community Engagement


    The University of Denver, Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning has generously supported our work at Amache through an Engaged Department grant, and two Public Good grants.  During the 2009-2010 academic year, the Center supported the Amache project through a Public Good Fellowship for the project director, Dr. Bonnie Clark.  For more information about the Center, please visit the link above.

  • State Historical Fund - History Colorado

    The State Historical Fund or SHF has generously provided support for the 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018 and the upcoming 2022 Field Schools at Amache.

  • Japanese American National Museum


    We were pleased to partner with the Japanese American National Museum during their 2008 national conference, and subsequent meetings of former Amache internees and descendants in the Los Angeles area.

  • Day of Remembrance

  • The Faculty and students of the DU Amache project have contributed to the Denver area Day of Remembrance since February 2010.  We look forward to ongoing collaboration for this important event. 

  • A Historic Legacy: Amache and DU

  • During World War II, the University of Denver opened its doors to Japanese American students, beginning a proud tradition that continues today.  This tradition was celebrated on July 3, 2008 at the DU Museum of Anthropology.  Click on the links below to find out more about the history of DU and Japanese American students, with a page specifically for Japanese American alumni of the University. 

  • DU and Japanese American Students.doc

  • For Japanese American Alumni of DU

  • Amache photo galleries

  • Amache Field School, Summer 2010
  • Amache directory 1943

    This is a scanned copy of the directory of Amache residents produced for the camp in 1943.  The original of this document is available at the Amache Preservation Society museum, Granada, Colorado.

  • Amache Field School, Summer 2008
  • Amache today
  • Earlier research at Amache
  • Garden podcast

    Project director, Dr. Bonnie Clark, was interviewed for the NPR podcast, Cultivating Place, about the Amache gardens.  You can access it here: https://www.cultivatingplace.com/post/finding-solace-in-the-soil-gardens-gardeners-of-amache-japanese-american-prison-camp 

  • Amache book featured
    The Spring 2021 DU Magazine features an article about project director Dr. Bonnie Clark's new book on the archaeology of Amache's gardens  https://magazine.du.edu/essential-reading-scholarly-books-riveting-history-and-a-professors-memoir/ as well as this this companion piece Q&A:
  • Colloquium presentation of Amache Gardens book

    If you are interested in hearing Dr. Clark present on her recently published book, Finding Solace in the Soil: An Archaeology of Gardens and Gardeners at Amache, this 1.5 hour long recording includes both a powerpoint illustrated lecture and a Q&A including several Amache survivors addressing their experience of working on the DU Amache Project: https://mediaspace.du.edu/media/Bonnie+Clark+Colloquium+-+January+15%2C+2021/1_jqfkh66q

  • Speak up for Amache!!

    The National Park Service is considering Amache for addition to the National Park System.  The public comment period has been extended to June 30, 2021.  You can access the online comment form at:


  • DU Amache contributions to virtual pilgrimage

    The DU Amache Project was honored to team in 2020 with TADAIMA! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage.  The pilgrimage has ended, but the programming is still available.  Here is a compilation:

    Former Amache incarcerees reflect on their participation in the DU Amache Project in this hour-long program, Amache Kids search for their past: https://youtu.be/0uo_jJlELk

    The DU Amache Project Director Dr. Bonnie Clark contributed this 36-minute video on the archaeology of gardens and gardeners at Amache: https://youtu.be/ABato1qNvoU

    DU Amache alumni Dana Ogo-Shew and co-field directors Dr. April Kamp-Whittaker and Dr. Bonnie Clark participated with other confinement site archaeologists in a live Q&A panel called "Ask an Archaeologist."  A video of that 1.5 hour conversation is availalable here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ac7T6-Laq7c&t=1183s

    Kamp-Whittaker and Clark presented The Heritage of Sport: https://youtu.be/S3BNwznG3h0 This 35 minute video draws together data from archaeology, archives, and community collaboration as an example of the work of the DU Amache Project. One theme highlighted in the video is the role of sport in building resiliency during internment, the senior theisis topic of Amache descendant and project intern Riki Eijima.  To find out more about Riki's work you can watch this presentation: https://www.dropbox.com/s/11qbv5y1bm7eebd/Riki%20Eijima%20Comps%20Presentation.mp4?dl=0 read her Senior thesis here: Riki Eijima Occidental Senior Thesis.pdf 


  • Amache Archaeology Curriculum
    May is Archaeology and Historic Preservation month in Colorado. To celebrate, we've transformed our pop up exhibit on garden archaeology at Amache into a stand-alone worksheet suitable for children in Grades 4-7.
    Know any kids tired of their zoom-classrooms? Here's a different kind of activity that draws together science and history:
  • Field School

  • Updates on Field School

    In the interestes of safety, the planned 2020 DU Amache field school has been postponed until 2022 when we plan to return to Amache and the Amache museum for a seventh field school in historical archaeology and museum studies.  If you have questions about upcoming work, please contact Project Director, Dr. Bonnie Clark at bclark@du.edu.  


  • Descendant internship for field school

    Each field season, the DU Amache Project includes at least one high school or college intern who is an Amache descendant. 

    To learn more about what its like to intern for the DU Amache Project, you can read this piece written by one of our 2018 interns, Tomi Eijima: Eijima 2018_PacCitizen.pdf 

    Halle Sousa, our 2016 intern, integrated her field school experience into a documentary for the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation https://www.njamemorial.org/   A direct link to her documentary is: https://vimeo.com/182756704


  • What's new with DU Amache

  • Podcast about Amache

    Find out about the connection betweeen bonsai and Amache in this podcast featuring Project Director Bonnie Clark: https://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/0/8/b/08b34baf9abdfc98/Bonsai_Behind_Barbed_Wire.mp3?c_id=53277656&cs_id=53277656&destination_id=1493435&expiration=1570299336&hwt=43511ed38c7667c547152bfceaec84a7

  • Article about Ph.D. research at Amache

    Co-Field Director April Kamp-Whittaker is featured in this article by Arizona State University, where she was a Ph.D. student. Congratulations, April! Follow this link to learn more about her research: https://asunow.asu.edu/20190621-archaeologist-studies-experiences-interned-japanese-americans

  • DU highlights Amache Researcher

    Regina (Ting-chun) Huang, completed her MA thesis, entitled: Whose Community Museum Is It? Collaboration Strategies and Identity Affirmation in the Amache Museum in the Spring of 2019. Read more about Regina and her work here: https://www.du.edu/ahss/news/story/student_huang.html

  • Podcast with Project Director

    Dr. Bonnie Clark was interviewed in March 2019 as part of the podcast, Denver Orbit.  You can access the podcast through this link: http://www.denverorbit.com/podcast/episode-thirty-four-nine-zero-six-six/ 

  • Newspaper article by 2018 Intern

    Tomi Eijima, an Amache descendant and 2018 High School intern, reflects on her experience at Amache in an article for the national newspaper of the Japanese American Cititzens League, The Pacific Citizen.  Eijima 2018_PacCitizen.pdf 

  • Interview with project director

    Project Director, Bonnie Clark, was recently interviewed about the DU Amache Project and her research on gardens there. The interview, as well as resource links, are available at: https://www.du.edu/…/interview-v…/gardens-of-internment.html#

  • Reflections on a visit to Amache

    In June 2018, the field school hosted a tour group from History Colorado. A lovely reflection on the experience is here in visitor Donna Bryson's blog: https://www.donnabryson.com/blog/2018/6/24/concentration

  • Pacific Citizen June_15_28_2018.pdf

    In this article, Amache descendant Athena Asklipiadis writes about her experience at the 2018 Amache pilgrimage, including her time with project director, Dr. Bonnie Clark.

  • Amache archaeology reports

  • The Amache project produces both short summaries and longer technical reports for each field season.  If you are interested in any of the technical reports, please email bclark@du.edu.  A selection of shorter reports are available below. 


    2018 DU Amache Field School Summary.pdf

  • 2016 Field school summary DU Amache.pdf

  • DU Amache Project 2014 Field School Summary

  • The Archaeology of Gardening at Amache summary for 2010

  • The Archaeology of Gardening at Amache 2008 synthesis.doc

  • Media coverage of project

  • Article on Recreation Hall return (Denver Post Spring 2018)

    This newspaper article discusses the relationship of archaeological research to the recent return of a recreation hall to Amache.  The article can be accessed here: https://www.denverpost.com/2018/05/18/granada-war-relocation-center-amache-wwii-internment-camp-historic-site/


  • Amache in American Archaeology magazine

    The DU Amache Project is one of the highlighted case studies in the Spring 2018 issue of American Archaeology.  The online version includes additional project photos: https://www.archaeologicalconservancy.org/the-case-for-collaboration/

  • Unvcovering the holes of our past Eijima 2016.pdf

    This article in the Pacific Citizen was written by one of our 2014 interns, Riki Eijima.

  • The Archaeology Show podcast

    Project Director Bonnie Clark discusses the DU Amache Project on this November 2016 podcast: https://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archaeology/3


  • asakawa article exhibit .pdf (2015)

    This article by one of our community curators, Gil Asakawa, discusses his experience as working on Connecting the Pieces.  It was published in the Pacific Citizen, the national paper of the Japanese American Citizens League. 

  • Project Director, Dr. Bonnie Clark, was interviewed for the VoiceAmerica radio program, Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality, and 21st Century Archaeology, for a program on the archaeology of internment. Follow the link below to hear the broadcast:

  • High Plains Public Radio produced two media pieces about our work in 2014.  You can access them through the links below:

    Unearthing Amache: The story begins, July 2014

    Camp Amache


  • Capturing Amache's Life Story (2014)

    This article, which focuses on how we do the digital mapping at Amache, was published in the magazine, American Surveyor.

  • DU Magazine Digging for Insight

    Click below to read a DU Magazine article about the 2012 field school and the DU Amache project.  This article received silver in the category of Communications & Marketing Programs - Periodical staff writing for external audiences from the CASE District VI Institutional Awards Program.


  • Asian Avenue, November 2012

    This magazine article overviews a presentation given by Dr. Bonnie Clark at the Denver Botanic Gardens in October, 2012.

  • Thousand Oaks man's visit to Colorado brings back internment camp memories (Aug 2012)

  • The DU Amache project was featured in an article about the archaeology of World War II in the magazine, Illustreret Videnskab (Science Illustrated) in the Fall of 2012. Produced by the largest magazine publisher in Scandinavia, the magazine’s print circulation is 800,000 accompanied by a website. Link to online article below:

  • Interview with Dr. Clark about Amache (Spring 2012)


    This online magazine recently featured an interview with DU Amache project director, Dr. Bonnie Clark.

  • Archaeology Magazine (May/June 2011)

    This is a link to an Archaeology magazine article on the Archaeology of Internment, featuring a dicussion and a photograph of our research at Amache.  It was part of a larger article published by the maganize on the Archaeology of World War II.

  • Three Generations visit former Granada camp (2010)
  • Lamar ledger 7-21-2010
    Lamar ledger 7-21-2010
  • Colorado Public Radio pieces on the Field School

    Colorado Public Radio has done two stories on the field school: 



  • Denver Magazine (March 2010)

  • Historic Structure is Found in Good Condition at Amache (Pacific Citizen Feb 2011)
  • Rafu Shimpo article (2008)

  • Colorado Springs Gazette article (July 2008)
  • CSI Amache (2008)

    This article was written by Gary Ono, a former Amache internee, prior to his working with the DU Amache project in the summer of 2008

  • Amache Night (2008)

    This is an article written after the field school by Gary Ono, former internee and volunteer with the 2008 field school.

  • Significant Signatures (2008)

    This is an article written after the field school by Gary Ono, former internee and volunteer with the 2008 field school.

  • Denver Televison news coverage (2008)

    This print story includes a link to a video of the piece that aired on the Channel 7 10 pm news in the Summer of 2008.

  • Through the Eyes of a Child: Online exhibit

  • From May 14-June 5, 2009, the DU Museum of Anthropology displayed an exhibit curated by graduate student April Kamp-Whittaker. Through the Eyes of a Child: Japanese American Internment was a visual representation of Ms. Kamp-Whittaker's master's thesis research on Amache. A combination of historical research and archaeological information were used to discuss the experiences of children at Amache. Issues such as daily life, the role of gardens, and children's play were discussed.

    In case you missed the exhibit, click here to access a powerpoint slideshow containing photos of the exhibit cases as well as all of the text and images that were displayed during the exhibit. Come take a virtual tour of the exhibit! If you would like a dvd copy of the powerpoint please contact bclark@du.edu to have one sent to you! Thank you!

  • Through the Eyes of a Child Part1.ppt

  • Through the Eyes of a Child Part2.ppt

This portfolio last updated: 10-Jul-2021 12:10 PM