General Contracts Program Brochure

University of Iowa

Office of the State Archaeologist


General Contracts



Cultural Resources Management


Archaeological Survey






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Since its inception in 1992, the General Contracts Program has overseen more than 1,100 cultural resources projects, ranging in size from single cell towers to a 70 mile highway survey, and ranging in scope from simple records reviews to complex excavations. Our experienced staff combines expertise in all aspects of cultural resource management archaeology with excellence in diverse specialities. Our goal is to help our clients comply with state and federal cultural resource regulations through good science at competitive rates. 
UI-OSA is one of the preeminent archaeological organizations in the Midwest, and is well known for its devotion to research and education. As a unit of UI-OSA, the General Contracts Program has earned the respect and trust of state and federal regulators for our quality of work. 
Excavation at the Gerdin Site, Johnson County, Iowa
The General Contracts Program offers timely, cost-effective consulting to private companies, local and state governments, and federal agencies wishing to comply with requirements defined in Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (as amened), and other applicable regulations. The Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist (UI-OSA) was established in 1959 as an organized unit of The University of Iowa. The UI-OSA formally created the General Contracts Program in 1992 to provide public and private sector clients with high quality archaeological and geoarchaeological investigations. The resources available to the UI-OSA are unmatched:We have a complete inventory of field equipment for all phases of investigation; fully equipped laboratories for artifact processing, anaylses, and curation; direct access to the UI-OSA Iowa Site File, GIS Archives, and Repository; an extensive metworked computer system with up-to-date word processing, graphics, statistics, databases, GIS, GPS, and radar capabilities; and the best comparative collections available in the region. 
Program Director/Co-Principal Investigator 
Melody K. Pope, Ph.D. 
Co-Principal Investigator 
Stephen C. Lensink, Ph.D. 
Project Archaeologists
Cynthia L. Peterson, M.A., RPA* 
William Whittaker, Ph.D., RPA
Consulting Geoarchaeologists
Rolfe D. Mandel, Ph.D. 
Joe Alan Artz, M.A. 
Consulting Paleoethnobotanist
Michael T. Dunne, Ph.D. 
* Registered Professional Archaeologist
Assist you in understanding what is - and is not - required by state and federal regulations.
Facilitate your negotiations with state and federal regulators. 
Help you minimize cost and controversy by identifying ways of avoiding cultural resources through predictive modeling and detailed background archival research.
Identify and properly document cultural resources for your properties (Phase I survey).
Conduct test excavations (Phase II assessments) when necessary and full excavations (Phase III) for resources which you cannot avoid.
Produce reports and other documentation for you which satisfy state and federal regulators.
Provide you with other resources, such as ground-penetrating radar surveys to relocate cemetary plots and hidden structures.
Give your organization the satisfaction of handling fultural resources in a responsible, professional, and cost-effective manner.
Rockshelter Survey, Montgomery County, Missouri
Pottery and Projectile Points from Lafayette County, Missouri
Iowa Department of Transportation
Earth Tech, Inc.
Van Winkle-Jacob Engineering, Inc.
Shive-Hattery, Moline, Illinois
Zambrana Engineering, St. Louis
WHKS & Co.
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
MidAmerican Energy
Missouri Department of Transportation
Kaizen Development, Moline, Illinois
FAA Kansas City NAS Implementation Center
Jacobs Civil Engineering, St. Louis
Dallas County (Iowa) Conservation Dept.
Veenstra and Kimm, Inc.
Wilbur Smith Associates, Kansas City
Iowa Department of Corrections
City of Des Moines
Stanley Consultants, Inc.
Fayette County, Iowa Engineer
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
City of Waterloo, Iowa
MMS Consultants, Inc.
City of Johnston, Iowa
Johnson County, Iowa Engineer
Rock Island District Corps of Engineers
Groundwater Service and Supply, Inc.
City of Iowa City, Iowa
El Paso (ANR) Natural Gas
Snyder & Associates, Inc.
Mahaska County, Iowa Conservation Board
Illinois State Museum Society
Howard R. Green and Company
Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa
Ft. Atkinson Historic Preservation Commission
USDA Farm Service Agency, Des Moines 
Client references and list of complete project 
available upon request.
OSA General Contracts Program Contact Information
For more information, contact:
Melody K. Pope, Ph.D.
Director, General Contracts Program
Office of the State Archaeologist
The University of Iowa
700 Clinton Street
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1030
Fax 319-384-0768
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