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Archaeology Collaborative Uncovers Colonial History on Coeur d’Alene Ancestral Land

University of Idaho - June 8, 2021

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A team of 21 archaeology students from University of Idaho, North Idaho College and UC Berkeley are working with the Coeur d’Alene Tribe in hopes of uncovering new historical perspectives from the late 19th and early 20th centuries at Fort Sherman.

The two-week project, led by U of I’s Idaho Public Archaeology education project, aims to shed light on the military occupation of the American West while providing archaeology students accessible and inclusive field training.

“Fort Sherman is an ideal location to explore identity construction and negotiation in spaces of cultural meeting,” said Katrina Eichner, Ph.D., U of I assistant professor of anthropology. “It’s our hope that materials discovered here will allow for more diverse and nuanced understanding of the past.”