Archaeology at Plum Grove

Since 1974, a number of archaeologists have excavated at the Plum Grove farmstead, most notably Thomas Charlton, who conducts an annual field school there every Spring. The excavations are designed to improve our understanding of Iowa frontier history and changes in farming from 1844 until 1943.

Features excavated so far include the Lucas and Hoyt barns, a butchering trench filled with animal bones from the Switzer period, the gardens from the Hughes period, several cisterns, the house septic system, foundations of the house additions, and several out buildings. 

There are numerous field school opportunities at Plum Grove and at a number of sites in Iowa, as well as several sties abroad overseen by Iowa archaeologists. Click onto the UI Anthropology Home Page to find out more information about field schools you may be able to join: 

See also the Office of the State Archaeologist for more information about archaeology in Iowa. 

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