German POWs in Colorado: The Archaeology of Confinement at Camp Trinidad

Author(s): Chris M Morine

Year: 2015


From 1943 to 1946, the U.S. government held over 3,000 German POWs at Camp Trinidad in southern Colorado. In 2013, archaeological fieldwork and research was conducted in order to better understand the daily lives of those incarcerated within the conformity of institutional confinement. The information gathered, in the form of artifacts, environmental features, and personal narratives, has uncovered stories about those that used them and has allowed for the development of lesser known details of the prisoners. Much of what is known about the inmates and details surrounding the POW system in the U.S. revolve largely around high profiled events and reports. In this paper, I will present the results of my research in order to reveal the strategies for negotiation of survival, coping, and exchange (Casella 2007), which yield valuable information about the daily activities that took place within the camp along a spectrum from camp-wide to the individual.

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German POWs in Colorado: The Archaeology of Confinement at Camp Trinidad. Chris M Morine. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433843)

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Temporal Keywords
World War II

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 210