The Northwest Chapter
The Northwest Chapter was organized as a
branch of the Iowa Archeological Society, and members
are pledged to support and further the aims and
purposes of the parent organization.
Our goals are to further
archaeological knowledge and to gather, record, and
publish information of all archaeological remains,
whether they are sites, data, or artifacts, for the
benefit of future generations of Iowans and
Meetings and Events
The Northwest Chapter meets on the
first Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. In addition
to discussing upcoming events, these monthly meetings
feature special activities, field trips, or
presentations. These meetings are open to the public,
so feel free to bring a friend!
Archaeology Field School
Northwest Chapter members
are welcome to join the field school
students for a day of digging for free. We
will meet at the Sanford Museum at 9:30
a.m. and be done by 4 p.m. Members
must provide their own transportation to
and from the site. Dress appropriately for
the weather. If it is storming, we will do
work in the archaeological collections. If
you plan to attend, please call ahead to
let Megan know you are coming.
(note that this is the second
Wednesday of June)
Museum is teaming up with the Cherokee
County Conservation Board to do a
canoe/kayak float down the Little Sioux
River. Megan Stroh will be the featured
archaeologist and will point out nearby
archaeological sites. We will also stop at
sandbars to look for bones, fossils, and
potential artifacts. The event is free,
but you must call the Cherokee County
Conservation Board to make a reservation.
Road Tour of
Waterman Creek Sites
in the parking lot of the Prairie Heritage
Center at 6 p.m. (west of Peterson, Iowa)
and we will all caravan around to some neat
archaeological sites along Waterman Creek.
We will visit Webb Mounds, Wittrock, and the
Litka sites. We will likely do small amounts
of hiking to get to the sites, so dress
appropriately and wear sturdy shoes.
Little Sioux River
for a float through
four counties. Float
both days or just
one! Enjoy the quiet
float and area
friends, family, an
Day 1: Linn
Grove Dam to Wanata
Park (Peterson) Day
2: Prairie Heritage
Center to Martins
Access Float begins
at 9:00am each day.
kayaks are available
for rent, $10/water
vessel, due with
will be cancelled
due to inclement
weather or poor
|End of the Season BBQ and
Held at Martinís Access Park, Cherokee
County, in the picnic area closest to the
river and buy the old ball fields. We will
also go walk along sandbars and look for
bones and artifacts. Bring a side (salad,
chips, fruit, veggies, etc.) and your own
beverage. Megan will provide the meat and
A whole day of archaeological activities!
Held at the Sanford Museum.
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Seasonal Newsletter Members of NWIAS
receive a newsletter four times a year (Winter,
Spring, Summer, Fall). Newsletters highlight local
research, archaeological and paleontological finds,
Northwest Chapter news, and upcoming events.
All meetings are open to the public,
and are regularly announced to members. Membership
dues are only $3 per person and payable once a year on
the calendar year. Send payment to Sanford Museum
Membership in the Iowa Archaeological
Society is $20 and not required, but is highly
recommended. Go to their website to learn more about
member benefits and events.
If you have any
questions, please E-mail us at