Carl A. Merry

Adjunct Research Associate
Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA 10010)

M.A. Conservation Archaeology, University of South Carolina, Columbia 1982
B.A. Anthropology, State University of New York, College at Oswego 1974

Research interests: Midwestern prehistoric and historical archaeology, historic preservation.

Carl retired from the OSA in 2019 after 34 years of service. Carl began as a project archaeologist and was subsequently promoted to Director of the Highway Archaeology Program. He oversaw hundreds of archaeological and architectural history field projects during his tenure, guiding the program in its many small and large-scale survey, testing, and data recovery projects. Upon retirement he held a Research Director position. Carl continues to serve the state as an archaeologist on the State Nominations Review Committee for Iowa nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, and on the review panel for several State Historical Society grant programs including the Historical Resource Development Program and the Certified Local Government Program.