Iowa Lakeside Lab
Archaeological Field School
June 17 - July 12 2013
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To register (and for more information): www.lakesidelab.org
|The 2013 Lakeside Laboratory archaeological field
school will focus on a number of archaeological sites in the West Okaboji region, including likely return to the Gillett Grove site in Clay
County, Iowa to continue ongoing research at this Oneota culture
protohistoric village (ca. A.D. 1400-1700).
The Gillett Grove site was first recorded in 1926 by Charles
R. Keyes. Keyes, one of the founding figures of Iowa Archaeology,
recorded hundreds of important sites across the State of Iowa.
When Keyes visited the Gillett Grove site, he found archaeological
materials spread across a 20-acre area, "2 miles west and a little
south of Gillett Grove...on a promontory of land on the north bank of
the Little Sioux...12 low [house] mounds visible...large circular embankment/enclosure
about 100 yards in diameter...on the highest central portion of the
The site was formally entered in the Iowa Site File records and assigned
the trinomial 13CY2 in 1960 by Bob Whiteside of the Sanford Museum.
It has subsequently been visited by numerous Iowa archaeologists, but
only recently has a concerted effort been made to explore the site.
Annual Lakeside Laboratory summer archaeological field schools have
investigated portions of the site since 1995 under the co-direction
of Dr. Michael Shott (UNI), Dr. Joseph Tiffany (ISU), and Dr. John Doershuk
(UI). Previous investigations have recovered a large assemblage of diverse
materials including projectile (arrow and spear) points and other chipped
stone tools, chert flaking debris, decorated ceramic sherds, copper
fragments, shell, milling stones and manos, bison bones and other faunal
remains, worked catlinite, glass trade beads, and a gun flint. Features
related to semi-subterranean houses, hearths, and storage pits are preserved
at 13CY2, as well as the potential for stratigraphic evidence related
to the embankment/enclosure.
Field school participants will be introduced to the basic methods
of field archaeology including artifact identification, site mapping,
excavation techniques, artifact processing, and initial analytical methods.
The field school will include lectures on Iowa Archaeology and the culture
history sequence of Western Iowa as well as day trips to the Sanford
Museum in Cherokee, Iowa; the Jeffers Petroglyphs; and Pipestone National
Lakeside Laboratory is a 143-acre wooded campus on the west side of
West Okoboji Lake north of Milford, Iowa. Established in 1909 as part
of the Iowa university system, the Lakeside Lab goal is to offer summer
courses that ennable students and teachers to learn in the field, rather
than from books.
Undergraduate*: est. $295/credit hour
(4 required) = $1180 (resident tuition rate applies even if student
is not an Iowa resident).
Plus housing (room/board) = $195 to $395/week depending on type
of unit (see Lakeside website
link, also below)
Plus books (see below) and basic field supplies = $100 (likely
minimum, depends on amount purchased)
Plus transportation to Lakeside at beginning and end of course.
Plus a $120 fee to cover local transportation (daily access to site and
field trips) for the course.
*Note: Lakeside Lab credit is typically transferable to most
institutions of higher learning; check with your Registrar for
applicablity and procedures. Tuition estimated based on University
of Iowa rates.
Introductory level course--no prior experience is required.
This course is participatory and experiential by design-excavation
and mapping notes as well as recordation of general observations
while digging will be required. Excavation and lab processing
forms will also be completed by course participants. No formal
tests or writing assignments are required beyond the field notebooks.
John F. Doershuk, Ph.D. State Archaeologist
and Adjunct Assistant Professor,
Office of the State Archaeologist
University of Iowa
700 South Clinton Street
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1030
319/384-0751 (office phone)
Students will participate in class activities from approximately
7:30 AM to 4:30 PM M-F, with lab or lecture activites two evenings
per week. Weekends are free for touring as desired or enjoying
the fun and sun of the Iowa Great Lakes region.
There is one required text (consider buying used from Amazon.com):
|Hester, Thomas R., Harry J. Shafer, and Kenneth
L. Feder [ISBN No.: 1-55934-799-6 paperback]
||1997 Field Methods in Archaeology. 7th Edition.
Mayfield Publishing Company, Mountain View California.
Handouts that compliment the instructional topics will also be
provided. The following texts (purchase optional) can be consulted
for general background on the topic (all available by mail from
the OSA, call Linda at 319/384-0732)
|Harvey, Amy E.
||1979 Oneota Culture in Northwestern Iowa. Report
No. 12, Office of the State Archaeologist, The University
of Iowa, Iowa City.
||1995 Oneota Archaeology: Past Present and Future. Report
No. 20, Office of the State Archaeologist, The University
of Iowa, Iowa City.
|Fishel, Richard L.
||2001 Bison Hunters of the Western Prairies: Archaeological
Investigations at the Dixon Site (13WD8), Woodbury County,
Iowa. Report No. 21, Office of the State Archaeologist, The
University of Iowa, Iowa City.
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