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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!


Iowa's Icy Past: How Glaciers Have Influenced and Affected Iowa

Dr. Benjamin Maas, assistant professor of Environmental Science at Buena Vista University, Will be looking at the impact of glaciers on prehistoric and historic peoples in Northwest Iowa.



6:00 p.m.

Experimental Archeology: Making Ceramic Pots and Cordage Valentine's Day Gifts

Join us to learn about ancient technologies and try your hand at creating a ceramic pot and cordage. These would make great Valentine's gifts for that special archaeologist in your life!



6:00 p.m.

Historical Iowan's Travel Roadtrip: Steamboat Bertrand and Western Historic Trails Center

Learn about historical archaeology as we roadtrip to these two major museums in Western Iowa. This roadtrip will cost $10 per person. Sign up with the museum before February 22nd. If the weather is snowy and icy, we will reschedule foe April 6th. Meet at the museum at 8 a.m.



8:00 a.m.

Dubuque’s Forgotten Cemetery, with
Robin Lillie and Jennifer Mack

Robin and Jennifer will present on their new book and their experience of an excavation at a forgotten catholic cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa. They will describe the dig, the analysis, and the rigorous archival research that took place to restore the stories of the people buried there.


6:00 p.m.

Darrell Frerichs’ Archaeological Collection

This informal Northwest Chapter meeting will be held at Darrell Frerichs’ home at 6 p.m. to view his amazing personal archaeological collection.
His address is:  4155 135th Avenue in Lake Park, IA 51247. It is a big, white house behind the body shop, with a long driveway.


6:00 p.m.

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)

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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