Founded in 1959, the University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA) is a research unit organized under the UI Vice President for Research. 

Nationally recognized for decades of innovation in the field of archaeology, the OSA conducts archaeological research and public programs around the state, preserves ancient burial sites, and examines and reinters ancient human remains. The OSA also maintains the state archaeological repository, manages data on all recorded archaeological sites in Iowa, and publishes technical reports and public resources on Iowa archaeology.

Our mission 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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Office of the State Archaeologist
700 South Clinton Street Building
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242-1030

Entrance is at NE corner of building

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The OSA is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday year-round. Visits at other times are possible by special arrangement. The OSA is closed on University holidays.

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Limited parking is available in a mobile payment zone immediately north of our building. Adjacent streets have metered parking. Government vehicle parking is on the east side of the building. The main lot is permit only.

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