Bonnie Clark

  • Biographical Description

    • Bonnie Clark is an Associate Professor in the University of Denver's Anthropology Department. A professional archaeologist since 1990, Dr. Clark's work has focused on using the tangible past-- artifacts, architecture, settlement patterns--to tell a more inclusive history of western North America. Dr. Clark's research interests include the relationships between material culture, ethnicity, and gender; cultural landscapes; and the politics of heritage management. She teaches a range of classes for the anthropology department including Historical Archaeology, Cultural Narratives, and Anthropologies of Place. Dr. Clark serves as the Curator for Archaeology of the University of Denver Museum of Anthropology. In the Fall of 2011, Dr. Clark was awarded the University of Denver's Teacher/Scholar of the Year.

  • Education

    • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, 2003

      M.A., Anthropology, University of Denver, 1996

      B.A., English and Anthopology, University of Utah, 1990

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Selected Publications

    • Below are a few of my published journal articles.  For a complete list of my publications, see my Curriculum Vitae.

    • This is a book chapter about ceramics at Amache cowritten with a former graduate student who did her thesis research on the camp.

    • Lived ethnicity: archaeology and identity in Mexicano America Clark, Bonnie J. 2005 Lived ethnicity: archaeology and identity in Mexicano America. World Archaeology Volume 37, Number 3, Pages 440-452. Abstract: Building on theories about the importance of national identity to ethnicity, this paper presents a case study of a region where national contests were intimately tied to personal identity. In the mid-nineteenth century, southern Colorado, long a part of Spain and then briefly Mexico, was conquered by the expanding United States. Material remains and historic documents attest to its residents' ensuing struggles over place, identity, and citizenship. Bilingual newspapers proclaimed that the region's Hispanics, who continued to call themselves Mexicanos, were just as 'American' as residents of other new US territories. Yet much of their material culture was rooted in centuries-old Hispanic traditions. The archaeology of a late nineteenth-century Mexicano site in the region provides an example of how material culture, social ties, and landscape were mobilized by people for whom a former nationality became an ethnic identifier. Keywords: Nationality, ethnicity, Hispanic, Colorado, identity, citizenship This article was published in the World Archaeology issue on Historical Archaeology. If you have a University of Denver ID or are on the DU server you can access a copy of the article through the above URL.
    • Click above to download a copy of an article I wrote for the Colorado Historical Society magazine, Colorado Heritage entitled, "Understanding Amache: The Archaeobiography of a Victorian-era Cheyenne Woman."
  • For my students

  • Reports

  • Research

    • My current research project is investigating and preserving the tangible history of Amache, the site of Colorado's WWII era Japanese American internment camp. A selection of Amache-related materials are available below.  For more information about that project, please visit

    • Interview about Amache research

      The online magazine, Tributary, recently featured an interview with me about the research at Amache.

    • My most recent research project is investigating and preserving the tangible history of Amache, the site of Colorado's WWII era Japanese American internment camp. For a look at the research design for the archaeological work we completed this summer, please click above to download the file.

  • Course Work

    • In 2003, I piloted a course entitled, Anthropologies of Place, taught as one of our Special Topics in Anthropology courses. The course has since been added as a regular offering of the Anthropology Department. To download the course syllabus click on the link above.

    • This course in Historical Archaeology combines seminar-style class meetings with hands-on work with our archaeological collections. This course fulfills a methods requirement for our archaeology-track graduate students. To download the course syllabus click on the link above.

    • This syllabus is for American Material Culture, an Honors Advanced Seminar (ASEM). This interdisciplinary course draws on historical archaeology, cultural landscape studies, and architectural history to instruct students in the analysis of the tangible history of the U.S.

    • Fundamentals of Archaeology combines lecture, discussion, and hands-on work to introduce students to current archaeological practice. With a focus on how archaeologists uncover and interpret data about past lives, the course also introduces students to the ethics and legal context of archaeological research. Since 2008, this course has been part of an interdisciplinary, NSF-funded project to incorporate authentic research into the undergraduate curriculum.  To download the course syllabus click on the link above.

    • Cultural Narratives is a seminar class designed to engage students in narrative theory, to help them understand narratives as cultural data, and to confront their own narratives as academics. To access the syllabus, click on the link above.

    • This is the syllabus for a course designed to engage students with the deep history of engendered life, using those insights to think about their own.  The course is taught in the Anthropology Department, but cross-listed with Gender and Women's Studies.

    • This course is required of our first year M.A. students to lead them through the process of designing an academic project.  The final product in the course is their Master's project proposal.

    • This is the syllabus for the field school held at Amache, the former Japanese American internment camp in Colorado.  The course combined training in historical archaeology with training in museum studies.  Anne Amati, of the DU Museum of Anthropology, and Dr. Christina Kreps, assisted with the museum studies portion of the course. 

    • This course, which is a dual undergraduate/graduate course, introduces students to the methods required for field research in archaeology, especially site survey and testing.  The course involves lecture and hands-on work on campus as well as fieldwork at archaeological sites.

    • This course focuses on legal, ethical, and community mandates for the management of heritage sites, in particular those that include tangible remains. The course takes a balanced approach, providing theoretical, thematic, and legal background, but also a wealth of actual practice with the management of heritage sites.

    • This course was designed to bring undergraduate students into the DU Museum of Anthropology to do research with real museum objects.  Students learn time-tested techniques as well as cutting edge technological approaches to grasping the meaning and import of material culture.

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