Upcoming Field Work at 1839–1843 Meskwaki Village Site

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

by Cynthia Peterson, University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist

We are gearing up to start fieldwork at site 13IW258, the village of Meskwaki leaders Wacoshashe and Poweshiek. On Friday, November 7, University of Iowa Professor Emeritus Dave Campbell, along with Cindy Nagel (of Tallgrass Historians) and myself will be conducting geophysical survey at the site. Actual excavations begin November 29. 
The Amana Colonies Land Use District received a Certified Local Government grant from the Iowa State Historical Society to conduct this work. This is the second year of this project, and hope for many more years of researching Iowa’s incredible Meskwaki-related archaeology sites. The tribe has such an amazing modern and historical presence across Iowa, especially in the Iowa River valley!
There were slots for 8 to 10 volunteers each day, but interest was so great that we are full-up! After the project ends, there will be public presentations about the findings, so stay tuned!
Bear astragalus with knife cut-marks
Gunflints and bear (Ursus sp.) astragalus with knife-cut-marks, from the village site. Butchering marks on the ankle bone suggest removal of the paw.

Volunteers in 2012

Volunteers conducting village site surface collection in 2012.