The Bowen's Prairie Excavations (2001)

The Bowen's Prairie Historic Archaeological District
Jones County, Iowa



Between 1993-1995 archaeologists found a series of important historic archaeological sites associated with the 1830s-1870s Euro-American settlement of northeastern Jones County while inspecting the area to be affected by the widening of U.S. Highway 151. Five sites that could not be preserved are being researched. The Iowa Department of Transportation selected a team from the Office of the State Archaeologist, University of Iowa, to conduct the research. Their results will enhance our understanding of the early history of Jones County, the Euro-American settlement of eastern Iowa, and events on the American frontier.