Archaeological Story Telling

Objective: To illustrate how creating a work of historical fiction can change or enhance one’s perspective on a data set.  

Create a narrative using primary source data:   

  •     object photographs included on Teach Ludlow CO's Object Image Gallery
  •     historical photographs from the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Collection (
  •     US Census Data from 1910 Census (Berwind, Precinct No 16.)
  1. Read or review sources listed below on archaeological storytelling
  2. Use the listed resources and any other primary sources to construct your own story about the events of the Ludlow Massacre or the Coalminer Strike of 1913-1914.
  3. See example on activities pages for further guidance.


Resources for Archaeological Story Telling Exercise

Mason, David
2007 Ludlow: A Verse-Novel.  Los Angeles: Red Hen Press.  

McGuire, Michael
1990  The Rhetoric of Narrative: A Hermeneutic, Critical Theory.  In Narrative Thought and Narrative   
  Language. Bruce K. Britton, A.D. Pellegrini, eds. Hove and London: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates,   

Ochs, Elinor and Lisa Capps
1996 Narrating the Self.  Annual Review of Anthropology 25:19-43.

Praetzellis, Adrian

1998 Introduction: Why Every Archaeologist Should Tell Stories Once in a While.  In Archaeologists

  as Storytellers. 32(1):1-3.   

Spector, Janet D.
1991 What this Awl Means:  Toward a Fem inist Anthropology.  In Engendering Archaeology:  
  Women and Prehistory, Joan M. Gero and Margaret W. Conkey, eds. Pp. 388-406.   Oxford:

United States Department of the Commerce and Labor- Bureau of the Census 1910 Thirteenth Census

  of the United States: 1910- Population. U.S. Census: Berwind, Precinct No 16.

Yamin, Rebecca
1998 Lurid Tales and Homely Stories of New York’s Notorious Five Points. In Archaeologists as
  Storytellers. 32(1):74-85.

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