I am currently a master's student in the Anthropology Department at the University of Denver and my concentration is in archaeology. I have completed my first year of coursework and am conducting my thesis fieldwork this August. I obtained my Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science at the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Potsdam where I majored in archaeological studies and business administration. My experience comes from employment at the New York State Museum, where I conducted laboratory and field work, as well as the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands at Colorado State University, where I worked at Fort Drum, NY specializing in cultural resource management. I have also been a teaching assistant for SUNY Potsdam's archaeological field school in the Adirondacks.
The research for my thesis is on the World War II German prisoner of war camp outside Trinidad, CO. The Trinidad Internment Camp was in operation from 1943-1946 and housed over 3,000 German POWs. Most of the history on WWII POW camps in the U.S. is a result of the work of historians and only a handful of archaeologists; one of my goals is to add to the dearth of archaeological research that has been done on these camps. During July and August 2013, I will survey and assess the archaeological integrity of the site, while attempting to answer questions regarding the daily life of the prisoners. I am interested in determining how the Germans negotiated their time in prison through strategies of negotiation such as coping, survival, and exchange. Specifically, I will seek evidence of landscape modifications such as gardens and recreation fields, in addition to landscape and building improvements. Through looking at the camp in this aspect, I can understand how the Germans negotiated and possibly improved their carceral environment.
For more information on the archaeology of Camp Trinidad, please contact me.
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