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The Northwest Chapter

The Northwest Chapter was organized as a branch of the Iowa Archeological Society, and members are pledged to support and further the aims and purposes of the parent organization.


Our goals are to further archaeological knowledge and to gather, record, and publish information of all archaeological remains, whether they are sites, data, or artifacts, for the benefit of future generations of Iowans and scientists.

Meetings and Events

The Northwest Chapter meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. In addition to discussing upcoming events, these monthly meetings feature special activities, field trips, or presentations. These meetings are open to the public, so feel free to bring a friend!


Creating Replicas of Ancient Pottery
We will be learning about the importance of  pottery at archaeological sites as well as getting our hands dirty by creating our own to take home.

Pilot Rock Speaks and Other Stories, 6 p.m.
Rodney Otto has been working for years on a fictional narrative about the history of Northwest Iowa. He includes stories told from the perspective of Archaic and Mill Creek peoples. Mr. Otto will be telling us about his book and sharing other stories from his research!

Archaeology Day
This event will be held from 1-4 p.m. at the Silver Sioux Recreation Area near Quimby, Iowa. There will be speakers in the barn and activities around the park!

No Meeting this Month


Mysteries of Mini-Wakan State Park, 6 p.m.
The State Archaeologist, John Doershuk, will be joining us the museum to share highlights of the archaeology field school he hosted in the summer of 2017. Learn about their amazing discoveries and the mysteries that still remain!


Seasonal Newsletter

Seasonal Newsletter Members of NWIAS receive a newsletter four times a year (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall). Newsletters highlight local research, archaeological and paleontological finds, Northwest Chapter news, and upcoming events.


Become a Member

All meetings are open to the public, and are regularly announced to members. Membership dues are only $3 per person and payable once a year on the calendar year. Send payment to Sanford Museum

Iowa Archaeological Society

Membership in the Iowa Archaeological Society is $20 and not required, but is highly recommended. Go to their website to learn more about member benefits and events.

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