Artifact Catalog

Below is an open-access archaeological catalog of data from the 2010 and 2013 Kooskia Internment Camp. In the future, we hope to bring additional WWII internment camp archaeological data into this database for comparative work. Comparing the archaeological findings of different WWII internment camps may shed light on how the material and living conditions of prisoners differed from prison to prison.


Catalog Background & Information


This catalog is designed after Sonoma State University's SHARD cataloging system. Portions of the catalog have been adapted or lifted from other cataloging systems, including the Tennessee Hollow Watershed Archaeology Project and the Market Street Chinatown Project, both of which were directed by Stanford University's Dr. Barbara Voss. Uniform cataloging systems allow for comparative work across archaeological sites and projects.


For those unfamiliar with archaeological cataloging, the cataloged data is grouped by number. Each catalog number (for instance, 10-1-200) represents a unique group of artifacts usually organized by what archaeologists call "provenience." Provenience refers to the unique archaeological context in which the artifact or group of artifacts were found. For example, many cataloged artifacts were excavated from excavation units (also known as "EU" in our database), which was typically a 1 meter by 1 meter trench that was slowly excavated by trowels. these excavation units are usually given a name or number that refers to their geographical location on a grid established by archaeologists to map where they have excavated.


Archaeologists excavate or reveal each soil layer, or stratum, in excavation units. Artifacts found in these strata (plural for stratum, or layer) are grouped together, and that is considered part of their provenience information. Additional provenience provided can include the date at which the artifacts were excavated and the people who excavated the artifacts.


This project uses the following abbreviations to simplify data entry:


CNF              Clearwater National Forest

KIC               Kooskia Internment Camp

EU                Excavation Unit

ST/STP        Shovel Test/Shovel Test Probe


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CATALOG # Group Sort descending Type Category Description Image
10-2-3686 Activities Indefinite Writing Pencil
10-2-4498 Activities Indefinite Writing Indefinite
10-1-248 Activities Indefinite Firearms Bullet
10-2-331 Activities Indefinite Tools File Metal File
10-2-2825 Activities Container Writing Ink Bottle
10-2-3632 Activities Indefinite Writing Pencil
10-2-3489 Activities Container Indefinite Tube Letters include "ST" a mark of sorts in the middle, then "KC". Underneath these letters are "LIQUID GLUE". Next is the words "AGE'S, INC."
10-2-3591 Activities Fastener Misc. Fasteners Staple
10-1-109 Activities Indefinite Fire Arms Bullet Discharged .22 long rifle bullet casing.
10-1-270 Activities Indefinite Firearms Bullet Discharged .22 long rifle bullet casing.
10-2-338 Activities Indefinite Entertainment Marble Glass Marble
10-2-212 Activities Container Painting Paint Can
10-2-143 Activities Container Writing Ink Bottle
10-2-3615 Activities Indefinite Commerce Coin
10-2-3688 Activities Indefinite Writing Pencil
10-2-4414 Activities Indefinite Tools Indefinite
10-1-249 Activities Indefinite Firearms Bullet Discharged 9mm Luger Center Fire Bullet Casing
10-2-196 Activities Container Painting Can
10-2-3475 Activities Indefinite Firearms Bullet
10-2-3491 Activities Indefinite Writing Pencil