Joe Alan Artz has conducted archaeological
fieldwork since 1976 in Idaho, Belize, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma,
the Dakotas, and Iowa. He has published articles and book reviews
in a variety of journals and newsletters. He is a past President
of the Professional Council for North Dakota Heritage, a past
Editor of the North Dakota Archaeological Association Journal,
and presently serves as President and webmaster of the Plains
He joined the Highway Archaeology Program in 1989, and in 1999
became OSA's Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Coordinator.
He is currently engaged in a project to create a GIS
for Iowa archaeology, digitizing the locations of the state's
19,000+ recorded sites. His research interests also include
geoarchaeology, in particular Holocene landscape evolution and
pedogenesis, and the effects of pedologic and geomorphic processes
on archaeological sites.