Director of Strategic Initiatives
(MA National University of Ireland, Galway 2003; M.Ed. University of Minnesota Duluth 2013; landscape archaeology, environmental education)
Elizabeth C. Reetz, Director of Education and Outreach, has conducted archaeological fieldwork and research in the Midwest since 2000 and began a career in Cultural Resource Management in 2001. She ventured professionally to Nevada, Ireland, and Washington before returning to Midwest archaeology. Her particular interests include the Woodland and Late Prehistoric cultures of the Midwest and upper Great Lakes, pottery analysis, American Indian perspectives of archaeology, and community-based archaeology. She completed a second Masters (M.Ed. in Environmental Education) to gain credentials in curriculum building and outdoor education, with the ultimate goal of using archaeology to connect youth with nature.
Chérie E. Haury-Artz has a B.A. in Anthropology from State University of New York at Potsdam and an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Kansas, Lawrence. Her research interests include analysis of fauna from archaeological sites, use and identification of lithic resources, rock art, and environmental adaptation of prehistoric cultures. Most of her research has been focused on the Great Plains in Oklahoma, Kansas, North and South Dakota. She has taught college level classes at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Central College in Pella, Iowa.
She also has a special interest in public education and outreach giving presentations for school groups ranging in age from preschool to high school as well as adult programs. She has taught classes on archaeology for the College for Kids program through Grant Wood AEA, WINGS (Weekend Institute for Gifted Students), JSA (Junior Scholars Academy), and other programs for the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted and Talented Education at the University of Iowa, and with the Education and Outreach Program at the University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA). She is a certified instructor and facilitator trainer for Project Archaeology, a nationally recognized archaeology education program sponsored by the Society for American Archaeology. She currently works at the OSA in education and outreach and continues independent research in faunal analysis.