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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!

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 Site Trip
Meet at the Sanford Museum at 6 p.m. and we will caravan to one of the famous archaeological sites in our area. Wear sturdy shoes for hiking, bug spray, and water bottle.  We will have to hike more than a mile in uneven terrain to get to the site.

Paddle with an Archaeologist
Paddle down the Little Sioux River in a kayak or canoe, while also learning about the fascinating prehistory along the way. Megan Stroh will be pointing out archaeological sites on the route, and we will stop and look for fossils and artifacts along the way. This is a joint program with the Cherokee County Conservation Board. Sign up with them ahead of time to participate in the program.

Turkey Track History Camp
History and science often go hand in hand when it comes to understanding the past. This summer, kids will have an opportunity to sign up for this exciting 4-day camp and learn more about history by using scientific techniques! We will have crafts, games, and use our observations to piece together the puzzle of people and animals that lived here in Iowa before us! Space is limited, so you must sign up your little historian before June 1st.

Creating Replicas of Ancient Pottery
Dale Clark will talk about his interest in reconstructing the past by reconstructing pottery using prehistoric techniques. He will bring examples of his beautiful work!   


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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