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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!


Field School and Garden Program

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



6:00 p.m.

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.



8:00 a.m.

Gradiometer Demonstration

For this program, members are invited to come watch a gradiometer demonstration. Meet at the museum at 6, and we will carpool to the site location. If weather does not cooperate, this program will be rescheduled for Wednesday, August 26th at the usual time.



6:00 p.m.

NWIAS Barbeque/Potluck

We will meet at the Silver Sioux Recreation Area. This meeting will be a celebration of the end of the field season. I will be grilling and am asking others to bring side dishes (chips, salads, fruit, drinks, etc.) There is a shelter available, so we will still meet if it rains, unless there is severe weather, then we will reschedule.



6:00 p.m.

Little Sioux River Archaeology Day

This family event is held at the Prairie Heritage Center. There will be a series of indoor speakers as well as outdoor activities such as flintknapping, atlatl throwing, pottery making, and soil identification.



1-4 p.m.

Conservation Workshop: Labeling Artifacts

Labeling artifacts with location and other information is just as important as finding them. For this meeting, bring your own artifacts to label, or help us label some in our collection. We will provide archival supplies.



6:00 p.m.

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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