Anthropology, Department of



David M. Amrine

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Published in Nebraska Anthropologist Vol. 24 (2009). Copyright © David M. Amrine; published by The University of Nebraska-Lincoln AnthroGroup.


The Colorado Coal Field War Project was an attempt by McGuire, Reckner, and others to develop a 'working-class' archaeology that served the public as well as the archaeologists performing excavations and research. The attempt was successful, promoting and supporting ideas that had been discussed in archaeology about gender, class, and the treatment of archaeology as a craft. Their example of using archaeology to benefit communities as well as academic interests can and should be tested in other regions of the United States as well as the rest of the world.

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