Message #90
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 

Date: Sat, 07 Mar 1998
Subject: Ludlow Massacre Field School

[ AzTeC / SWA SASIG ] :

From: Dean Saitta

The UNIVERSITY OF DENVER, Department of Anthropology,
announces a summer field school in historic archaeology
at the Ludlow Tent Colony (5LA1829), a National Historic
Register site in southeastern Colorado near Trinidad.
The field school will run for four weeks, from June 15 -
July 10, 1998. The site is associated with the 1913-1914
Colorado Coal Field War and, specifically, the Ludlow
Massacre of April 20, 1914. On that day Colorado National
Guard troops opened fire on a tent colony of striking
coal miners and their families. When the smoke cleared
about 20 of the camp's inhabitants lay dead, including two
women and eleven children. The Ludlow Massacre was the
most violent and best known episode of the Colorado Coal
Field War, and a seminal event in US labor history.
Although many historical works exist about the Coal Field
War, few provide more than an anecdotal understanding of
what everyday living conditions were like in the striker
tent colonies, of which Ludlow was the largest (about 200
tents, and 1,200 people). The archaeological research at
Ludlow is dedicated to better understanding the everyday
lives of striking miners and their families through
systematic investigation of the material remains they left
behind. The Denver University Field School will constitute
the first major archaeological work to be conducted at the
site, and will provide students with a unique experience
in historical archaeology. Preliminary work in 1997 was
reported in all the major Colorado newspapers, as well as
the Chicago Tribune. The project is a collaboration between
the University of Denver (Dr. Dean Saitta), SUNY-Binghamton
(Dr. Randall McGuire, Mr. Mark Walker), and Fort Lewis
College (Dr. Philip Duke). The research is supported by a
grant from the Colorado Historical Society. Trinidad State
Junior College is also a partner in the project. The local
public -- including descendants of the striking Ludlow
miners -- is actively involved in the project. The Denver
University Field School is open to undergraduate and
graduate students. There are no prerequisites.  Students
will learn excavation and survey techniques, mapping,
photography, and other skills. They will also contribute
to the development of public interpretive materials about
what happened at Ludlow. COST: Tuition is $1948 for 4 credit
hours (Denver University rates); room and board is $616.
Students will be housed and fed in dormitories at Trinidad
State Junior College. Transportation to and from the site
will be provided. ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITY: Students enrolled
in the field school will have the option of staying on the
project for up to an additional four weeks (until August 7,
1998) with their living expenses paid by the Colorado
Historical Society grant. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact
Dean Saitta at 303-871-2680, or email
Fax number is 303-871-2437.
Dean J. Saitta
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Anthropology
2130 S. Race Street
University of Denver
Denver, CO 80208

A Few Additional Links Referencing Ludlow Massacre:

Ludlow Massacre
Ludlow Massacre
Ludlow Massacre and the Birth of Company Unions
A Visual History of Colorado Coal Fields
Columbian Hotel (Quarters for the Authorities who prosecuted the massacre)