Cynthia (Cindy) Peterson, M.A., RPA

Research Director

Cindy Peterson began her OSA employment as a Project Archaeologist in 1992, shifting to a Research Director position in 2019. Her wide-ranging projects have included grant-funded studies of postcontact Native American sites across the state, authoring National Historic Landmark and National Register of Historic Places archaeological site and district nominations and multiple property submissions, and large scale site excavations. She enjoys introducing volunteers to archaeological research and building relationships with volunteers, Tribal members, peers, landowners, clients, and agency staff. Cindy has a B.A. from Wartburg College (1990) and M.A. in anthropology from University of Nevada, Reno (1996). 

Cindy’s Research Director duties focus on Iowa Department of Transportation cultural resources contract work. Contact Cindy if you want to talk about OSA assisting your organization with research-based archaeology projects funded by other State and Federal agencies.

Research areas
  • Late Prehistoric traditions
  • Native American tribes in Iowa, contact and postcontact eras
  • European immigrant group settlement