Iowaville (13VB124), a large village of the Baxoje (Ioway) tribe, housed up to 800 people along the Des Moines River, near what is now the town of Selma. The site is well known to artifact collectors and was first recorded as a site in 1971. Archaeological work in 2010 assessed the site condition, in order to understand what, if anything, remained preserved below ground in this cultivated farm field. The National Park Service assisted greatly by conducting non-invasive magnetometry and resistivity meter surveys, covering over 19 acres. The magnetometry results, coupled with archaeological testing and help from local volunteers and artifact collectors, revealed astonishing news about the level of site preservation. This talk will discuss some Ioway tribal history, prior work at the site, and the present archaeological findings.
Cindy Peterson has been a Project Archaeologist at the University of Iowa's Office of the State Archaeologist since 1992. Her projects focus on historical archaeology and have included excavations at assorted Ho-Chunk (Winnebago), Ioway, and Meskwaki-related sites.