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The mission of the Office of the State Archaeologist is to develop, disseminate, and preserve knowledge of Iowa's human past through Midwestern and Plains archaeological research, scientific discovery, public stewardship, service, and education.
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31,300 +

archaeological sites as of FY22

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300 +

infrastructure projects
completed annually

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4 Million +

Objects in Curation

News

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New Interactive Educational Resource and Videos on the Lake Delhi Area: An Alternative Mitigation

Thursday, August 18, 2022
University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist

Events

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Loess Hills Native American History: Lecture and Hands-on Activities

Friday, May 5, 2023 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Loess Hills State Forest
Golden Hills RC&D is partnering with the University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist to offer an archaeology roadshow on May 6, 2023. Visitors can bring a small selection of artifacts to discuss with the archaeologists! Please limit the number of artifacts you bring to five or fewer.
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Archaeology Roadshow at Botna Bend Park

Saturday, May 6, 2023 9:00am to 12:00pm
Botna Bend Park
Golden Hills RC&D is partnering with the University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist to offer an archaeology roadshow on May 6, 2023. Visitors can bring a small selection of artifacts to discuss with the archaeologists! Please limit the number of artifacts you bring to five or fewer.
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