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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!


Cabin Fever Flintknapping

Fight off the winter blues by smashing some rocks! During this program we will learn about stone tool production and you will get a chance to make your own!


Program with the Office of the
State Archaeologist

Elizabeth Reetz, director of education with the Office of the State Archaeologist, will be joining us in March to talk about assorted topics in Iowa Archaeology.


April Fools Anthropology

Join us at the Sanford Museum to hear about Anthropologist, Taylor Wards’ research.


Iowa Great Lakes

This month, NWIAS will meet at the Dickinson County Nature Center at 6 p.m. A carpool from the Sanford Museum will be set up. The activity at the meeting is yet to be determined.



Field School and Garden Program

This program is subject ot change, but we will hopefully be learning about the finds of the summer field school and the children's gardening program.


Mitchell Indian Village Field trip

Meet at the Sanford at 8 a.m. We will be back to Cherokee by 7 p.m. Cost of this trip will be $8.



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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