Daniel Horgen


Dan Horgen is an OSA Research Archaeologist who has conducted and assisted in numerous archaeological surveys and excavation projects in Iowa and adjacent states since 2001. He currently helps manage the OSA’s in-house lithic raw material assemblage and coauthored the OSA’s Lithic Raw Material Assemblage web page. Dan authored the column What’s the Point for the Iowa Archeological Society Newsletter from 2009-2017 and served as Treasure/Secretary for the Association of Iowa Archaeologists from 2009-2012.

Dan has many research interests including lithic analysis with an emphasis on chert identification and sourcing; Woodland period subsistence practices, trading, and ceremonial activities; early prehistoric settlement patterns; geoarchaeology; education outreach programming; GIS research and predictive modeling; and the research of archaeological potential for 19th and 20th century farmstead sites in Iowa.

Dan has represented OSA at various public events, including artifact identification days, RAGBRAI, and the Iowa State Fair.

Research areas
  • lithic analysis, identification, and sourcing
  • GIS and predictive modeling
  • Woodland period subsistence, trade, and ceremonial practices