On the Edge of Purgatory: An Archaeology of Place in Hispanic Colorado


Saturday, September 24
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM


Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., Colorado Springs, 80903

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What happens when shifting political boundaries make people foreigners in their own homeland? How do people make their way in times that challenge routines, traditions, and even a sense of self? Join Dr. Bonnie Clark as she explores these questions through the archaeology of Hispanics living in southern Colorado on the eve of the twentieth century. Hear how changing and contested ethnic and gender identities were lived on a daily basis as revealed by archaeological data framed by ethnography and oral and documentary history.


Dr. Bonnie J. Clark is committed to using tangible history – objects, sites, and landscapes—to broaden understanding of our diverse past. She began her career as a professional archaeologist and now serves as a Professor in the Anthropology Department at the University of Denver, as well as the Curator for Archaeology of the DU Museum of Anthropology. She is the author or editor of numerous publications including On the Edge of Purgatory: An Archaeology of Place in Hispanic Colorado and Finding Solace in the Soil: An Archaeology of Gardens and Gardeners at Amache.

If you cannot join us for the in-person program, a recording of the lecture will be available the week after the event to watch at cspm.org/lectureseries



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Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum