Jackson County Conservation will offer a special "Archaeology & Cultural History Float," on the Maquoketa River South Fork, beginning at 1:00 pm on Sunday, June 15. Put in at the Iron Bridge Access, take out at the Spragueville Access, 9 river miles, approximatley 4-5 hours.
During the float, Archaeologist Elizabeth Reetz will explain the rich cultural history of the Maquoketa River and the surrounding area. Participants will be introduced to Iowa?s archaeological past, a chronology of Iowa?s cultural history, and the importance of Iowa?s water trails to people throughout time.
Elizabeth Reetz is the Education Director at the UI Office of the State Archaeologist. She holds a BA in Anthropology, an MA in Landscape Archaeology, and an M.Ed. in Environmental Education. She is particularly interested in late prehistoric cultures of the Midwest, pottery analysis, and community-based archaeology. Her work experience has included time as an archaeologist in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
This event is cosponsored by Jackson County Conservation, the UI Office of the State Archaeologist, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
A limited number of free canoes/kayaks will be available or bring your own. Pre-registration is requested to reserve a canoe/kayak and so we can be in contact with people in the event of weather or water conditions that require cancellation. Kids over the age of 8 are welcome with a parent.