A group gathers at the Iowaville village site in connection with the premiere of "Lost Nation: The Ioway" in October 2007. The field trip was planned for visiting Iowa tribal members and others who attended the premiere and related events.
From the Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist in Iowa City:
I am very pleased to announce that the Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA) has been awarded a grant to work on archaeological site 13VB124, better known as the 1765-1820 Ioway Village or Iowaville, near Selma, Iowa. The goal of the project is to understand the size and depth of the site deposits, to assess how well the village deposits are preserved after 150+ years of cultivation, and to create a site management and preservation plan. With any good fortune, this project will serve as a step toward the eventual protection of the site.
Most Iowans are, sadly, ignorant of the Iowa Tribe and the tribe’s key role in the state’s heritage. The upcoming work at Iowaville will help raise the profile of the tribe: tribal participation in the project can show that the Ioway people are not just historical figures but are part of the modern world, too. In addition, this project may give Ioway people a chance to help rediscover and preserve their own history.
This very important site was first identified by archaeologists in 1971. No professional excavations have been conducted at the site. The site is very well known among a few artifact collectors, who have demonstrated that considerable artifacts remain at the village, which is now a cultivated farm field. The landowner normally does not allow folks on his land, so it is considered a rare opportunity that we will be allowed on his property for this investigation. I would consider this perhaps the one and only chance to conduct archaeological work on the property in the foreseeable future.
This work will be partly funded through Iowa lottery proceeds (specifically, the REAP/HRDP program of the State Historical Society of Iowa), and partly through volunteer effort. The OSA invites your involvement in all aspects of the project, including but not limited to providing comments, feedback, and advice; participating in field and laboratory work; and working toward the creation of the final site preservation plan document. As per the landowner’s wishes, all our field work must be conducted in 2010, after the crops have been harvested, and within a four-week window. This means the work will take place sometime between October 15 and December 30, 2010. We plan to work one week, doing ground penetrating radar in an effort to identify features without digging, have a week-long break to process that information, then work three consecutive weeks, including two or three weekends during this period. In the three week period, we will be mapping, interviewing collectors, doing controlled surface collection, 8-inch diameter auger testing, and excavating a very limited number (perhaps, three to seven) of test units, roughly 3 x 3 ft in size. We know there is interest in volunteering among the professional archaeological community. Bill Green, now of Beloit College and formerly the Iowa State Archaeologist, will be working with the OSA on this project.
I would be happy to provide a copy of the successful grant application to those that request it, but the document is 3.3 MB and I didn’t want to fill up mailboxes! I will be providing more details about the fieldwork as the date becomes more secure; I will probably know more in late September or early October. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me regarding any comments or suggestions you may have. Ideally, I would love to have responses about who might like to volunteer, what type of volunteering they would be interested in, and how long they might be available. I would not consider this an obligation or commitment, only your best estimate. These responses would help me greatly in planning the project. Also, if you are aware of others who may be interested in volunteering or providing comments, please forward this email as you see fit.
Office of the State Archaeologist
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
(319)384-0768 (fax) http://www.uiowa.edu/~osa/