Paul Sagers' (1909 -1982) work helped reconstruct Iowa's archaeological past. Between 1925 and 1936, with the help of his older brother James Fay (Fay), Paul amassed one of the largest archaeological collections known from eastern Iowa. The collection contains nearly 16,000 artifacts from 16 recorded sites in Jackson and Jones counties including 13 rockshelters.
Paul Sagers, late 1940's
Paul Sagers excavated Levsen Rockshelter over a ten year period beginning in 1932. He removed and screened nearly all of the deposits in the back portion of the shelter. Sagers' collection from Levsen Rockshelter numbers nearly 8,000 artifacts.
During the 1920s and 1930s Paul Sagers excavated a portion of Mouse Hollow Rockshelter. Its artifacts are well known to Midwestern archaeologists.
Paul and Fay Sagers and Frank Ellis investigating
Mouse Hollow Rockshelter, April 1925