Between 1833 and 1861, the U.S. Government Land Office mapped almost 7,000 miles of trails in Iowa. Most of these trails were recorded before substantial Euro-American settlement. Are they the forgotten remnants of Indian trails? The history of trails in Iowa will be discussed, and how archaeology can help answer the riddle of Iowa's first road network.
William E. Whittaker received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 2002, and works at the Office of the State Archaeologist. Bill has authored or co-authored numerous publications on Iowa archaeology and history, including Frontier Forts of Iowa: Indians, Traders, and Soldiers, 1682-1862 (University of Iowa Press, 2009) and the forthcoming guidebook, An Archaeological Tour of Iowa (University of Iowa Press).
Brown Bags at the Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA) is a semi-regular Friday noon 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 ethno history may be invited throughout the year as well.
The OSA Brown Bag Series is free and open to the public. Presentations begin at noon. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch and engage in discussion following the presentation. For more information about presenting or attending please contact www.uiowa.edu/~osa or Maria Schroeder: firstname.lastname@example.org; (319) 384-0974.