Releasing the Stories of Archaeology of Internment
January 28, 2015
Hosted by Dr. Joseph Schuldenrein
Today Indiana Jones Myth Reality and 21st Century Archaeology unlocks the proverbial shackles to talk about an increasingly common feature of conflicts in the 20th and 21st century: Interment and incarceration. Though many internment, detention, or prison camps are temporary structures they leave their mark both in the space they were constructed and on the people who were incarcerated there. We talk about the importance of archaeologies of internment as a relatively new field in archaeology and as a politically sensitive endeavor archaeologists are taking on. With us is Dr. Bonnie Clark who has done work at Amache, the site of Colorado's WWII era Japanese American internment camp, and Ms. Judy Thomas who has conducted Archaeological Investigations of Second World War Prisoner of War Camps at Fort Hood, Texas. Together the Indy Team and our guests will discuss how people coped with confinement, how the materials are interpreted, and how descendent communities are involved.
Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology
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This show targets an audience interested in archaeology. It explores myths surrounding this exotic, often misunderstood field and acquaints listeners with the contemporary practice of unearthing the human past. Themes range from Dr. Schuldenrein’s own “Indiana Jones”-like adventures in the land of the Bible to his team’s archaeological forensics effort to unearth Kurdish mass graves in Iraq. That undertaking helped convict Saddam Hussein in 2006. Topical issues contribute to the evolution vs. creationism controversy based on updated fossil records and innovative DNA studies. An episode highlights the main funding source for archaeology in the U.S. (Hint: the oil and gas industry). Experts reveal the latest high-tech approaches to buried archaeological landscapes that provide clues to understanding climate change, past, present and future.
Dr. Joseph Schuldenrein
Joseph Schuldenrein is president and senior scientist of Geoarcheology Research Associates (GRA) in Yonkers, New York. He has been a Visiting Scholar at New York University since 1996. His professional expertise is in geoarchaeology, a sub-discipline that introduces earth science techniques to traditional archaeological excavation. Joe has worked extensively across North America and the Old World. He received his doctorate in 1983 at the University of Chicago. Recent research in North America has concentrated on the urban archaeology of New York City and Native American landscapes of the Atlantic Coast. Joe’s projects in South Asia have ranged from Human Origins investigations to the beginnings of civilization of the Indus Valley. During the Iraq war Dr. Schuldenrein’s team helped direct a forensic archaeological mission in support of the Saddam Hussein prosecution. His newest venture is an assessment of Cultural Heritage Sites in war-torn Afghanistan (2011). Dr. Schuldenrein publishes widely in numerous archaeological and geological journals. He is a reviewer for American Antiquity, Geoarchaeology, and Quaternary Science Reviews. He has acted as Principal Investigator or Consulting Scientist for grants awarded by the National Science Foundation, Wenner-Gren, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute for Aegean Prehistory. Dr. Schuldenrein has been interviewed for PBS, as well as national and regional TV and radio outlets over the past 30 years.