Explore our Archaeology Collections - A newly developed online searchable database supported in part by the State Historical Society of Iowa Historical Resource Development Program.
The archaeological collections contain well over 500,000 prehistoric and historic artifacts. First started in 1969 with the acquisition of the Gavin Sampson Collection, the archaeological collections have been augmented over the last 40 years through donation and field research. While the collections represent the full range of human occupation in Iowa, Oneota and Woodland Tradition (500 BC to 1700 AD) materials are the most prevalent.
The collections are comprised of two main components: