Archaeology Program Series Highlights Louisa County History

 Louisa County Conservation will be presenting a program series on Archaeology in August and September. Experts in the field will be presenting on the prehistory of Louisa County, archaological technology, site investigations in Louisa County, and the burial mound building traditions.

All programs take place on a Thursday evening from 6:00 - 7:00 pm at the Columbus Junction Civic Center (ICN Room). 


August 24: "Archaeology at Gast Farm"

Dr. Bill Green was the State Archaeologist of Iowa from 1988-2001 and is now the director of the Logan Museum of Anthropology at Beloit College in Wisconsin. He will discuss archaeological discoveres made near Grandview during five years of investigations in the 1990s and in 2016. The presentation will focus on two village sites that were occupied nearly 2000 years ago. 


September 7: "Louisa County Prehistory"

Cherie Haury-Artz is an archaeologist and educator with the Office of the State Archaeologist. This presentation will take a look at what is known about prehistoric life in Iowa with an emphasis on early agriculture and mounds in Louisa County and Southeast Iowa. 


September 14: "Small-Scale LiDAR Approaches to Iowa Archaeology"

Light Detecting and Ranging (LiDAR) is used to collect data on various sites across the state. This presentation will discuss the use of LiDAR as applied to burial mounds, a historic creamery, as well as some experiemental work. Presented by Brennan Dolan, Iowa DOT


September 21: "Protection of Ancient Human Remains in Iowa: Purposes, Laws and Resources"

Lara Noldner is the Bioarchaeology Director with the Office of the State Archaeologist. This presentation will be a summary and brief history of the Iowa Code sections that provide protection for ancient human remains in the state. Also discussed will be how the state legislation is implemented, along with examples of the sites it serves to protect. 




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