February 15, 2020, 2:00 PM: Karin Larkin, PhD, University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Archaeology of the Ludlow Massacre

The 1913-1914 southern Colorado coalfield strike and Ludlow Massacre changed labor relations, law, and practice in Colorado and had lasting impacts on labor law reforms that occurred in the United States over the subsequent decades. The Colorado Coalfield War Archaeological Project (CCWAP) formed to focus an archaeological lens on the social and material conditions of coal camp laborers and their families during a turbulent time of widespread industrial growth and corporate imperialism in America. The archaeological site of the Ludlow tent colony offers a more complete picture of the lives of the men, women, and children who lived in the coal camps of Colorado during the nineteen-teens. Dr. Larkin will discuss how the archaeology refined our understanding of this important era in labor history.



Karin Larkin is Assistant Professor and Curator for the Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Dr. Larkin received her PhD in Anthropology and MA in Museum Studies from CU Boulder. She has done archaeological fieldwork in numerous regions including: the Southwest, Chihuahua, and Colorado including the Ludlow Massacre Site. Her research focuses on understanding community interaction, social change, and negotiating social discord through material culture. She was the second Project Director for the Colorado Coalfield War Archaeological Project (CCWAP) and is co-editor of the Archaeology of Class War, published in 2009 by University Press of Colorado and a recent article in the International Journal of Historical Archaeology called Decolonizing Ludlow.‚Äč