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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 scientists.

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!

Detecting Invisible Mounds, Megan Stroh, Archaeologist at the Sanford Museum will talk about the mystery of Webb Mounds, and her results using a gradiometer at the site.
Cherokee Archaeology Sites Road Tour
Join the Museumís archaeologist to interesting archaeological sites around Cherokee, Iowa. We will meet at the Sanford Museum at 6 p.m. and then caravan to the sites.

Archaeology Field School
NWIAS members can attend one day of the Archaeology Field School for free. Call the museum by May 30th, if you plan to join us for more details on when and where to meet.


Seasonal Newsletter

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.


Become a Member

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

Iowa Archaeological Society

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.

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