What is Archaeology?

Archaeology is the study of the ancient and recent human past through material remains. It is the principal way to learn about humanity’s ancient past. In Iowa, archaeologists identify and study the sites, artifacts, and physical remains that make up the past 13,000 years of human settlement.

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Archaeology Basics

Information about archaeology and compliance in Iowa, collecting and identifying artifacts, and recording archaeological sites.

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Research, Explore, Visit

Access online research resources, explore archaeology digital media, and learn about archaeological sites you can visit in Iowa.

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Teaching Archaeology

Rent Archaeology Discovery Trunks, browse educator resources, and find recommendations for teaching archaeology and cultural history to K-12 and public audiences.

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Research reports, special publications, popular books, and journals about Iowa archaeology.