Kooskia Internment Camp Archaeological Project
Learn about the research Stacey Lynn Camp, associate professor of anthropology and director of the Alfred W. Bowers Laboratory of Anthropology at the University of Idaho, is conducting at Idaho's Kooskia Internment Camp, a World War II Japanese Internment Camp.
The project began in the summer of 2010, when Camp and her team of faculty, post-doctoral, graduate and undergraduate researchers performed preliminary archaeological research at Kooskia, including geophysical survey, soil resistivity studies, shovel testing, phosphate analysis and collected macrobotanical soil samples to determine the location, extent, integrity and contents of historic gardens and personal effects from the camp's internees and employees. Read more research.
Phase two archaeological research was conducted during the summer of 2013, which involved the excavation of a trash dump associated with the internees and prisoners held at the Kooskia Internment Camp. The results of this fieldwork will be discussed on our project blog.
- Camp awarded a CLASS Summer Research Grant to work on a prototype of a virtual world concerning the archaeology of WWII internment. She is currently collaborating with project partner Brian Cleveley in the University of Idaho's Virtual Technology and Design program to finesse this prototype for user assessment.
- Laura Ng and Dr. Camp published a chapter entitled "Consumption in World War II Japanese American Incarceration Camps" in Dr. Mark Leone and Jocelyn Knauf's edited volume Historical Archaeologies of Capitalism.
- Kyla Fitz-Gerald completed the first masters thesis on the Kooskia Internment Camp and graduated in the spring of 2015. Her thesis explores gender, masculinity, and hygiene products.
- Camp gave a talk on the Kooskia Internment Camp for the Archaeological Institute of America at Spokane, Washington's Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture.
- Undergraduate students Kaitlyn Hosken and Kristen Tiede presented a paper entitled "Fillings, False Teeth and a Flouride Tray: Dental Artifacts at the Kooskia Internment Camp" at the 2015 Northwest Anthropological Conference in Eugene, Oregon.
- Undergraduate students Kaitlyn Hosken and Kristen Tiede presented a paper titled "'Caring for their Prisoner Compatriots': Health and Dental Hygiene at the Kooskia Internment Camp" at the 2015 Society for Historical Archaeology Conference in Seattle, Washington.
- Camp presented the paper "Redefining the Archaeological 'Site:' Landscapes of Japanese American Incarceration" at the 2015 Society for Historical Archaeology's annual conference in Seattle, Washington.
- Graduate student Kyla Fitz-Gerald presented a paper entitled "Goo and Gunk: Cosmetics and Masculinity" at the 2014 Northwest Anthropological Conference in Bellingham, Washington.
- Undergraduate student Kristen Tiede presented a paper entitled "Amethyst Glass as a Dating Tool" at the 2014 Northwest Anthropological Conference in Bellingham, Washington.
- Camp gave a talk at Gonzaga University's Jundt Art Museum on the Kooskia Internment Camp.
- With the assistance of local school teachers, community members and friends at Three Rivers Resort in Lowell, Idaho, Camp helped coordinate and run a day and a half archaeology camp for 4th-6th graders in the community surrounding Kooskia.
- Undergraduate students Lawrence Shaw and Olivia McDaniels presented posters on artifacts found at the Kooskia Internment Camp at the 2013 Northwest Anthropological Conference.
- Camp's book, The Archaeology of Citizenship, was published with the University Press of Florida. Information on Kooskia can be found in this book, though this is not a comprehensive examination of the archaeology of the site.
- Camp gave a talk on Kooskia at Sage International School in Boise, Idaho.
- Camp gave a talk on Kooskia at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library in CDA, Idaho.
- In November of 2012, Camp presented on the Kooskia Internment Camp at the American Anthropological Association's annual conference in San Francisco, California.
- Camp gave a webinar presentation to the National Park Service on the Kooskia Internment Camp in October of 2012. See the presentation.
- Undergraduate student Josh Allen presented a paper entitled "Left left behind: the personal material culture of Idaho's Kooskia Internment Camp" at the 2012 Society for Historical Archaeology's annual conference in Maryland.
- Camp presented a paper on Kooskia entitled "Re-creating Home amidst Barbed Wires and Watchtowers: The Archaeology of Artwork at the Kooskia Internment Camp" at the 2012 Society for Historical Archaeology's annual conference in Maryland.
- Undergraduate student Kelsi Lee presented a paper entitled "Alcohol Consumption at the Kooskia Internment Camp" at the 2012 Northwest Anthropological Conference in Moscow, Idaho.
- Graduate student Rachel Stokeld presented a poster entitled "Good for One Fare: From Tacoma's Japanese Town to Kooskia" at the 2012 Northwest Anthropological Conference in Moscow, Idaho.
- Students Kali Oliver, Olivia McDaniel and Jess Workman presented papers on artifacts found at Kooskia at the Northwest Anthropological Conference in the spring of 2012. Their research can be found on the "About the Project" tab in our blog.
- The August 2011 edition of Idaho Magazine featured a story on the Kooskia Internment Camp Archaeological Project and several of our project's students discussing their experiences on the project. Read the article.
- The National Park Service's Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant program awarded the Kooskia Internment Camp Archaeological Project two separate grants to fund laboratory research and field research in 2011 and 2012.
- In July of 2011, Camp welcomed her second child and budding archaeologist, Ty, into the world! She was on maternity leave until September, when she plans to return to her research and labwork related to Kooskia.
- The May/June 2011 edition of the international best-selling magazine, Archaeology, covered archaeological research on World War II and included information on the Kooskia Internment Camp Archaeological Project. Read segments of the article here.
- In June of 2011 and 2012, Camp hosted archaeological workshops for the 4-H Annual Teen Conference hosted at the University of Idaho. There, high school students learned about and were taught how to identify artifacts excavated from the Kooskia Internment Camp.
- In the Spring of 2011, Jamie Capawana and Josh Allen traveled to the Society for American Archaeology's annual conference in Sacramento, California, to present on their research related to the Kooskia Internment Camp.