OSA Brown Bag: Recent Lakeside Lab Archaeological Field School Investigations: The Prairie Lakes Woodland Era


Friday, November 3, 2017 - 12:00pm


Office of the State Archaeologist

State Archaeologist John Doershuk will present the first Brown Bag of the season!

The Iowa Lakeside Laboratory archaeological field schools in recent summers have focused their efforts on investigating two Prairie Lakes Woodland sites. Site 13DK96, located in the Kettleson-Hogsback Wildlife Management Area just west of Spirit Lake in Dickinson County, Iowa, was the subject of research in 2014, 2015, and 2016. In 2017 the field school shifted to Mini-Wakan State Park at the north edge of Spirit Lake and began investigation of 13DK143. Both sites have excellent faunal preservation and both have yielded excellent examples of typical Prairie Lakes Woodland Fox Lake and Lake Benton wares. These sites, along with 13DK27, the Arthur site, represent the only three Prairie Lakes Woodland contexts formally investigated in Iowa. The context and findings from the Arthur site will be briefly reviewed and compared with the field work and current results for 13DK96 and 13DK143.

John Doershuk has served as Iowa’s State Archaeologist and OSA director since 2007. John first came to the OSA in 1995 as a director in the OSA Contracts Division. He has worked in archaeology all over the Midwest since his undergraduate years at Carleton College in Minnesota. After graduation from Carleton, John entered the graduate program of the Department of Anthropology at Northwestern University, where he received his Masters and Doctoral degrees. One of his particular interests in archaeology is understanding the spatial characteristics of distributions of artifacts within sites of any age—whether the site is an Oneota village, a Paleo-Indian bison kill, or a nineteenth century farmstead. He is an adjunct associate professor with the University of Iowa Department of Anthropology and can be found on Cornell College campus in Mt. Vernon on occasion teaching courses there as well.

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.


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