The Archaeology of Class War

The Colorado Coalfield Strike of 1913-1914

edited by Karin Larkin and Randall H. McGuire

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"The Archaeology of Class War has much to recommend it, especially to specialists in Colorado, labor and industrial, ethnic, and gender history."
—Center for Colorado & the West

"The Archaeology of Class War provides an important way of looking at a tragic episode in America's past. The volume provides several excellent examples of the study of material culture and the working class."
—Paul A. Shackel, Plains Anthropologist

"A welcome addition to literature on the Colorado Coalfield War, labor studies, material culture studies, and the field of critical historical archaeology."
—Jeff McGovern, Historical Geography


The Archaeology of the Colorado Coalfield War Project has conducted archaeological investigations at the site of the Ludlow Massacre in Ludlow, Colorado, since 1996. With the help of the United Mine Workers of America and funds from the Colorado State Historical Society and the Colorado Endowment for the Humanities, the scholars involved have integrated archaeological finds with archival evidence to show how the everyday experiences of miners and their families shaped the strike and its outcome.

The Archaeology of Class War weaves together material culture, documents, oral histories, landscapes, and photographs to reveal aspects of the strike and life in early twentieth-century Colorado coalfields unlike any standard documentary history. Excavations at the site of the massacre and the nearby town of Berwind exposed tent platforms, latrines, trash dumps, and the cellars in which families huddled during the attack. Myriad artifacts—from canning jars to a doll's head—reveal the details of daily existence and bring the community to life.

The Archaeology of Class War will be of interest to archaeologists, historians, and general readers interested in mining and labor history.

Contributors: Eleanor Conlin Casella, Sarah Chicone, Bonnie J. Clark, Philip Duke, Amie Gray, Claire Horn, Michael Jacobson, Summer Moore, Dean J. Saitta, Mark Walker, Margaret C. Wood


Karin Larkin is assistant professor and curator for the Anthropology Department at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs and vice chair of the Ludlow Centennial Commemoration Commission. She was the second project director for the Colorado Coalfield War Archaeological Project and is coeditor of The Archaeology of Class War and numerous book chapters and articles. She received the Stephen H. Hart Award for Historic Preservation for work on the Colorado Coalfield War Archaeology Project.

Randall H. McGuire, professor of anthropology at Binghamton University, is an archaeologist whose interests lie in the development of power relations in the past. He has carried out most of his fieldwork in the US Southwest and has authored, coauthored, or edited fifteen other books.

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  • Hardcover Price: $58.00
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-87081-955-1
  • Ebook Price: $50.00
  • 30-day ebook rental price: $9.99
  • EISBN: 978-1-60732-039-5
  • Publication Year: 2010
  • Pages: 432
  • Illustrations: 103
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: edited by Karin Larkin and Randall H. McGuire
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