Archaeology: Our Link to
their day to day lives, how they
developed complex ways of conducting business and politics, about their
religious or supernatural beliefs, about how they taught their children,
what they ate, or where they slept.
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| Archaeology is the study
of people in the past from physical remains found in the present.
Each piece of evidence, no matter how small, can be an important chapter
of a story about how people organized
mounds, hearths, storage pits
and depressions, or burials. Even the smallest stone flake, or fragment
of animal bone can help tell the archaeologist more about how people lived
in the past. Click
here to learn more about
the work of archaeologists.
are like detectives, searching for clues to reconstruct and understand
the lives of ancient peoples. Each clue they find can bring us all
closer to a better understanding of how present cultures developed.
Clues can be artifacts like stone or bone tools, pottery, or elaborate
ornaments. They can be features, like house
The Iowa Department of Transortation
is very concerned about protecting Iowa's cultural and historic resources,
and takes great care in studying and documenting the archaeological sites
discovered when building highways.
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here to learn more about the Wever site, a significant
archaeological site uncovered when a new highway alignment was planned
near the town of Wever in the southeast corner of the state.
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A series of important historic archaeological sites were also found
in northeastern Jones County while inspecting the area affected by
the proposed widening of U.S. 151. Visit the Bowen's
Prairie Historic Archaeological District pages to learn
more about these historic finds.
Enviro-Explorers can do to help!
individual can accept responsibility to help protect Iowa's archaeological
your local museum.
more about archaeological resources.
on what you learn to others to spread appreciation and respect
for archaeology study and its aims.