Kooskia Internment Camp Archaeological Project

For more information contact:

Dr. Stacey Lynn Camp
CELL: (626) 429-2912
EMAIL: scamp@uidaho.edu



Phone: 208-885-6111
Toll-free: 88-88-UIDAHO
Fax: 208-885-9119
Student Union Building
875 Perimeter Drive MS 4264
Moscow, ID 83844-4264


Phone: 208-334-2999
Fax: 208-364-4035
322 E. Front Street
Boise, ID 83702


Coeur d'Alene

Phone: 208-667-2588
Toll-free: 888-208-2268
Fax: 208-664-1272
1031 N. Academic Way,
Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814


Idaho Falls

Phone: 208-282-7900
Fax: 208-282-7929
1776 Science Center Drive, Suite 306
Idaho Falls, ID 83402


2013 Research Team

Dr. Stacey Camp, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator
Dr. Camp is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Idaho in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Her research interests concern immigration in the 19th and early 20th century Western United States. She has previously worked on a number of sites in the Western United States, including the Point Alones Project, the Market Street Chinatown Project, the Tennessee Watershed Archaeological Project, the Kaweah Cooperative Project, and her own dissertation project, the Mount Lowe Archaeology Project. In the upcoming years, she hopes to acquire a reading knowledge of Japanese and, if the right funding becomes available, travel to Japan. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and exploring the outdoors with her husband, her daughter, and her dogs.
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Laura Ng, M.A. Candidate
Assistant Director of Field School, Crew Chief
Laura is a graduate student in the Historical Archaeology MA Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her research interest is in Asian American historical archaeology (Chinese and Japanese American sites in particular) and her field experience includes working at two Japanese American incarceration camps: Manzanar in eastern California and Amache in southeastern Colorado. She is writing her thesis on how incarcerees at Manzanar altered the camp environment by analyzing historic photographs, government records, oral histories, and archaeological evidence. Laura has also worked on archaeological projects in Los Angeles, Arizona, Massachusetts, and Iceland.
Jessica Goodwin, M.A. Candidate
Field Laboratory Manager/Crew Chief
Jessica Goodwin has completed her first year as a graduate student at the University of Idaho's Anthropology MA program. She received her BA in Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she first became experienced in historical archaeology in the west. She has worked for several years as a contract archaeologist in Nevada and Idaho, and has also been involved in several academic archaeological excavations.
Kali D. V. Oliver, M.A. Candidate
Laboratory Manager/Graduate Research Assistant
I am working on my M.A. in Anthropology at the University of Idaho with an area of emphasis in historical archaeology. My master’s thesis involves creating a curation plan for an orphaned archaeological collection form Fort Walla Walla in Washington. I earned my B.S. in anthropology at the University of Idaho as well, and also have two A.A.S. degrees from North Idaho College. Currently I am a Research Assistant at the University of Idaho, with a Teaching Assistant position to start again at the opening of the academic season. Recently, I also obtained part-time employment at the Appaloosa Museum located here in Moscow, ID.
Dr. Robert Heinse, Ph.D.
Research Affiliate
Dr. Heinse is an Assistant Professor of Soil and Environmental Physics at the University of Idaho. His primary research goals are to contribute to theory relating to soil and water processes including fluid flow in porous media, plant-soil interactions, contaminant transport and surface-vadose-zone interactions by integrating geophysical techniques, soil-physical frameworks and mathematical modeling. Recent collaborative work, such as the survey at Kooskia, branches into new areas and does not fit into rigid discipline boxes including work on ecological thresholds, urban microclimates, and advanced life support in space.
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Dr. Priscilla Wegars, Ph.D.
Research Affiliate
Dr. Wegars' interests include historical archaeology of Asian Americans in the West, specifically Chinese American and Japanese American sites, artifacts, and history; Chinese women, specifically Polly Bemis; 19th and 20th century American material culture. She is editor of Hidden Heritage: Historical Archaeology of the Overseas Chinese. Dr. Wegars also serves as a Research Associate and Volunteer Curator of the Asian American Comparative Collection.
Morgan Bingle
Undergraduate Researcher
Morgan Bingle is a senior a the University of Idaho, majoring in political science. He developed an interest in anthropology and archeology while studying abroad and decided to see where it could lead by taking this class as a related credit for his major. He is very excited to be a part of the project, as this will be his first time doing field work. in his spare time Morgan is president of the university fencing club, and volunteers with a local bagpipe band as a tenor drummer.
Abram Grisham
Graduate student researcher, M.A. student
My name is Abram Grisham and I am a MA student in Anthropology at the University of Idaho beginning my studies in the fall of 2013. I graduated from Boise State University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art and for the last year I have been taking classes in anthropology and biology at Boise State University and The College of Western Idaho to prepare myself for graduate studies at the University of Idaho. I have work for the past eleven years in the Dental Technology field as a dental technician and business owner. I have also worked as a technical instructor for Nobel Biocare a world leader in dental implant technology. Lecturing and teaching has taken me all over the Idaho and other parts of the United States. I have also worked in many other capacities such as wild land fire suppression, legal assistant and white water raft guide. I have lived abroad in Central America for two years and I am fluent in Spanish. As an older student changing professions I have gone through a long process of discovering what my interests are and what profession I would be passionate about. I have found that I am intrigued human behavior combined with my love of history has led me down the road of archaeology. I want to work as an Archaeologist after finishing my education in a management capacity. I am married and a father of five great and crazy kids. Most of my personal interests involve the outdoors and outdoor sports such as mountaineering, white water rafting, backpacking, hunting and fishing. I am a native Idahoan and have had the good fortune to live in a beautiful place that affords me these opportunities.
Megan Fereday
Undergraduate Researcher
I’m a senior at the University of Idaho pursuing a B.S. in Anthropology. I do not have any previous experience in field work but am very excited to participate in the Kooskia Project. My research interests include prehistoric archeology, biological anthropology and statistical analysis directed toward anthropology. I became interested in archeology after taking some introductory classes and the long time interest that I have had in prehistory and history in general. I’m very excited to get the experience and be able to learn more about the history behind the Kooskia field site. Some other interests include reading and spending time with my family.
Brianna Lelieur
High School Student/Volunteer
My name is Brianna Lelieur and I am a sophmore at JOHS in San Francisco, CA. This is my first time doing an archaeology dig, although my mom was one for a while. I am interested to learn more on the background of Kooskia since I also grew up around there! After high school, I plan to go to Standford or CAL to get a degree in law hopefully becoming a lawyer. I love doing sports, being with friends and family, music, singing, and a lot more.
Jessica Mylan
Undergraduate Researcher
Jessica is a just getting started with Anthropology! She is working on her Associates of Anthropology with CWI in Nampa, and hoping to continue her education at the University of Idaho. She is also hoping to major in Spanish, hoping to have either an emphasis in Cultural Anthropology or Linguistics. She is extremely interested in getting as much fieldwork and experience as possible. She is currently involved with CWI’s Anthropology Club, and hoping to be an active club member for the rest of her academic career.
Kailie Leggett
Undergraduate Researcher
Kailie is currently enrolled at the College of Western Idaho as an Anthropology major, with an interest in History. She is spending the summer interning at Earthly Delights, a Community Supported Agricultural farm, and adventuring with friends in the mountains. Kailie has spent time in Central America and Southeast Asia observing (and at times participating in) the interaction between developing countries and Western youth party culture. In the future Kailie would like to travel to South America and study how the North American need for non-seasonal and non-regional produce affects Latin American countries.
Kathy Guthrie
Undergraduate Researcher/Volunteer
I am currently an Anthropology major at the College of Western Idaho. I have been leisurely taking classes that will someday get me a degree in physical Anthropology. I also work full time as a Lab Materials Specialist for the chemistry department at the College of Western Idaho. I am proud to say that I have lived in the Pacific Northwest all of my adult life. I have two children, four grandchildren, and a Chinese Pug. I love the outdoors and live for the rush of a new adventure. Among my favorite foods are coffee, seafood, and fresh huckleberries.
Kris Nitsche
Undergraduate Researcher
Kris Nitsche is currently finishing up his final credit so that he can receive his Bachelor’s of science in anthropology. He has been interested in archaeology since the very beginning, though he was disappointed at the age of 11 when he discovered punching Nazis did not come with the archaeologist job description. This will be his second field school and his first one doing historical archaeology. Besides archaeology Kris enjoys chilling with friends, smoking a good cigar and telling stories.
Melissa Strunk
Undergraduate Researcher
I'm an undergraduate in Anthropology with an emphasis in Physical or Biological Anthropology as well as a duel major in Biology with a minor in French. My career goals are to continue working towards a PhD in Physical Anthropology to become a Forensic Anthropologist and work for the United States government working on homicide cases. I love to travel and recently returned home from an 18th month stay in France where I served a mission for my church. I have done some work in the Anthropological lab helping out a PhD student by identify and catalog stone flakes, but this will be my first time at an actually Archaeological site and dig and I'm looking forward to seeing anthropological methods and practices put into action. ‬
Kristen Tiede
Undergraduate Researcher/Intern
Kristen will be a junior at the University of Idaho, majoring in Anthropology with a minor in History. She became interested in Archaeology after taking a few introductory classes. This will be her second summer working on field schools. After volunteering in Dr. Camp’s lab cataloging artifacts from Kooskia and taking Dr. Camp’s class, Artifact Analysis, she became very interested in the Kooskia Interment Camp Project. An active member of the Anthropology Club at the U of I, she is currently serving as Vice President. Outside of school, Kristen’s hobbies include reading, cake decorating, and spending time with her family.