Home Front Archaeology in Arkansas

The archaeology of World War II sites is a part of a growing field of conflict archaeology that looks beyond the battlefield to bring forth new perspectives on the home front, particularly Japanese American confinement sites, prisoner of war camps, and their inmates. In wartime mobilization efforts, the U.S. government established approximately 550 camps in the United States and the early 1940s witnessed the unprecedented detention of an estimated 650,000 persons. Our team has specialized experience conducting research on the Home Front. For example, at Camp Monticello, an Italian prisoner of war camp in southeast Arkansas, archaeologists conducted a metal detector survey along with total station mapping and in-depth primary source research to better understand World War II in Arkansas.

 

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