Assessing Healthcare amid World War II Incarceration

Author(s): Stacey L Camp

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Health and Inequality in the Archaeological Record" session, at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

Archaeologists frequently recover artifacts that speak to the health and welfare of individuals or a community they are studying. Archaeologists can use these medicinal- and healthcare-related artifacts to assess an individual or community’s quality of life. This is particularly important to investigate in the context of incarceration, as the presence of medicine or lack thereof can indicate how prisoners were treated. This paper considers how Japanese American prisoners were treated at Idaho’s Kooskia Internment Camp, a World War II incarceration facility for a predominantly Japanese American migrant population. The artifacts recovered from Kooskia also provide insight into how the prisoners’ advanced ages demanded a particular suite of health-related objects.

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Assessing Healthcare amid World War II Incarceration. Stacey L Camp. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, St. Charles, MO. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449026)

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