The Office of the State Archaeologist developed the Iowa Archaeological Certification Program to promote interaction and cooperation among professionals and interested non-professionals throughout the state. The specific objectives of this program are to:
1. Train a group of individuals to assist career archaeologists in field and laboratory work.
2. Increase the frequency of site reporting in the state and upgrade the quality of site reports.
3. Impress upon nonprofessional archaeologists the importance of a well-planned, orderly, and controlled survey and excavation, and discourage the practice of pot-hunting and unsupervised digs.
4. Involve capable individuals in a more meaningful way in the location and preservation of Iowa's prehistoric resources.
These objectives can be implemented by encouraging participation by non-professionals who are interested in archaeology. By participating in this program non-professionals will gain recognition for their effort.
For more information about the program, visit the official website or contact Cherie Haury-Artz, Certification Program Coordinator at the Office of the State Archaeologist. A complete copy of the Guidelines to the Certification Program including a registration form may be downloaded here as a PDF.
Cherie Haury Artz
Archaeological Certification Program
Office of the State Archaeologist
700 South Clinton Street Building
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242-1030