The Archaeology and Cultural History of the Cedar River Water Trail


Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm


Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center

 This presentation by Elizabeth Reetz will focus on an introduction to Iowa's archaeological past, a chronology of Iowa's cultural history, and the importance of Iowa's water trails to people throughout time, with added focus on the Cedar River. Elizabeth will also provide a sampling of authentic and replica artifacts that tell the chronology of Iowa's past. The talk will begin inside Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center at 7pm.

There will also be a public open house of the University of Iowa Mobile Museum from 6-8pm in the evening, before and during the talk. The Mobile Museum serves to bring the University's research and collections to communities across Iowa. The Mobile Museum features an array of exhibits that focus on three very different eras in Iowa's history.

  • Iowa's Ice Age Giants explores the great mammals that roamed the state during the last ice age and their sudden extinction.
  • Glenwood: Iowa's Ancient Agriculturalists tells the story of the Glenwood culture centered in the Loess Hills and their connections to the Iowa landscape through agriculture.
  • Cornerstones focuses on the founding of Iowa and writing of its constitution, the building of the Old Capitol building, and the creation of the University of Iowa.

 The museum also features a new interactive digital wall that allows visitors to learn about UI space research, the Santos Virtual Soldier program, and the UI Flood Center's sophisticated flood-prediction mapping systems, as well as additional information on Iowa archaeology.


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