Attention University of Iowa students! There are two great Anthro course offerings this fall semester, taught by OSA faculty.
—Archaeology of the Middle East
Check out the link and pass the word. These courses are not offered every year!
This is a great example of an OSA & @uiowa archaeology partnership with the Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU). Find out more info here: http://www.uiowa.edu/icru/. Undergrads, let us know if you’re interested in talking about projects!
from Bill Whittaker: “Although Dr. Charlton died unexpectedly in 2010 during excavations at his beloved Plum Grove historic site in Iowa City, his decades of digging are still producing fine research, such as this poster by Elijah Fleming, which documents the use and retirement of the septic system.”
To anyone interested in archaeology education: Project Archaeology is expanding their annual conference to include all archaeology educators — archaeologists, teachers, students, museum educators and anyone else interested in archaeology education! This is a great professional development & networking opportunity, to be held at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center at the end of October. Iowa will definitely be there. We’re looking forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new people!
Megan and Brianna from the Sanford Museum in Cherokee, IA, stopped by the OSA in #iowacity last week for a meet & greet and tour of our collections. They took back this beautifully reconstructed Mill Creek vessel from the Phipps site, which was housed at our facilities for a while. Can’t wait to see them again! (Photo by Megan Stroh, Sanford Museum) #archaeology #iowa #pottery #millcreek #museums
The 2014 Team Archaeology/RAGBRAI photo album is up on Facebook!
Our impact at RAGBRAI was pretty incredible this year! Read about it in our latest “What’s Happening” blog.
Not surprisingly, pig bones are common at historical archaeology sites in Iowa. Unfortunately, the OSA has only a small piglet in its comparative collection, about the size of a schnauzer. This makes identification of pig bones difficult, especially fragmented bones of large hogs.
After hearing about our plight, a Solon farmer donated a hog carcass to the OSA last week and helped us bury it on his land; the hog had died of natural causes while grazing in a pasture — it had a good life! The hog is not quite market size, at 180 pounds and 4 months old, but it is much closer in size to the pigs we find in archaeology sites. Hopefully after two years of decaying 4 ft underground it will be clean and ready for our collection.
In addition to the pig, the OSA has a very extensive faunal collection, particularly of mammals, birds, and shellfish! These comparative resources are available to students and researchers of all disciplines, not just limited to archaeologists.Having an extensive comparative collection of faunal remains helps archaeologists to build a picture of past subsistence practices, lifeways, and the environment.
(Photo Anson Kritsch, OSA)
Archaeology fieldwork volunteer opportunity in Sioux City on select days from August 7 - August 28!! Up to 6 volunteers are needed per day for subsurface archaeology fieldwork at a 1917–1981 railroad shop complex associated with the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railway Company, more commonly known as The Milwaukee Road.
NOTE: You can only sign up for this volunteer opportunity via the website linked here.