In the summer of 2017 the Iowa Department of Transportation began unveiling their Statewide Historical Sites Inventory and Management Plan. The plan serves as the heart of Iowa DOT’s commitment to “historical sites” as defined by state code, and serves to uphold preservation commitments made by the department over decades of cultural resources management projects. This presentation will discuss how and why the plan came together as well as current management practices for sites in the plan. Further, we’ll talk about some of the technology we have been incorporating into our efforts to provide strong baseline information for site management.
Brennan is a cultural resources project manager and archaeologist for the Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT). Previously, he worked for the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) in Iowa, the Louis Berger Group, and the National Park Service (Midwest Archeological Center). His professional research interests include the proto-historic period, faunal analysis, experimental Woodland period ceramic replication, fire studies, and site preservation.
Janee is a field and laboratory technician for the Office of the State Archaeologist and an imbedded consultant for the Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT). Her professional research interests include the historic period, archivalmanagement, research, and using technology to improve site management and conservation.
Brown Bags at the Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA) is a semi-regular series where OSA staff and guests share their research over the noon hour. Topics include individuals’ areas of interest, work in the field, developments in archaeology and architectural history throughout Iowa and the Midwest. Guest speakers whose expertise is in other areas pertaining to archaeology or ethnohistory may be invited throughout the year as well.
These presentations are free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to engage in discussion and exchange following the presentation.