Triangle Club Speaker: John F. Doershuk
Archaeological field investigations were conducted during the first half of 2011 by staff from the University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist at the newly discovered 7,000 year-old Palace Site. Located in Polk County, Iowa on the north bank of the Des Moines River on the southeast side of the City of Des Moines, the Palace Site was discovered as part of routine compliance activities connected to development of a wastewater treatment facility. Palace Site cultural deposits were detected starting at approximately 8-ft below the pre-construction landscape and include the oldest, best preserved evidence of substantial human-constructed shelters known for the State of Iowa, and among the oldest in the greater Midwest. The site also yielded human remains, also the oldest now known for Iowa. This talk will introduce listeners to the why and how the excavations took place when they did, the discoveries and their significance from an archaeological perspective, and some of the challenges associated with on-going preservation efforts associated with surviving portions of this nationally significant archaeological site.
John Doershuk has been state archaeologist of Iowa since 2007. Previously, he served as the Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA) Contracts Division Director (two years) and as the OSA's General Contracts Program Director (GCP) for 12 years. Doershuk specialized in Midwestern archaeology for his 1989 Northwestern University Ph.D. In total, Doershuk has 34 years of professional experience in archaeology including involvement as a principal investigator or project archaeologist on more than 1200 archaeological projects throughout the Midwest. Doershuk's early field experience was with a large excavation project on the Ohio Hopewell Harness Mound site near Chillicothe, Ohio; and his dissertation research focused on the Middle Archaic horizons of the Koster Site, Greene County, Illinois. In his current role as state archaeologist of Iowa he is intensively involved with consultation and research involving ancient mounds and cemeteries, and has pursued grant-fund research at the War of 1812 Fort Madison battlefield as well as continuing research on late Oneota adaptations. Doershuk has published or co-published 20 articles in professional journals and co-edited two monographs in addition to being author or co-author of 46 conference papers and many 100s of archaeological reports.
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