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  Brownbag Lectures: The Palace Site: An Enigmatic Middle Archaic Habitation Site in Central Iowa   

Brownbag Lectures: The Palace Site: An Enigmatic Middle Archaic Habitation Site in Central Iowa

  • Location: ISM Research & Collections Center, Springfield
  • Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by Bill Whittaker, University of Iowa

Occupied 6800-7200 years ago, the Palace Site has evidence for some of the earliest houses west of the Mississippi valley. Excavated during a bitter winter and spring just prior to a sewer plant expansion in Des Moines, the Palace Site is exceptionally well preserved, with large samples of plants and animal remains, as well as the oldest human burial identified in Iowa. Overall, the Palace Site is far more comparable to contemporaneous sites east of the Mississippi than it is to sites in central or western Iowa. Is the Palace Site an outlier of Eastern Middle Archaic, or is it a site type that may have existed throughout the Plains but is difficult to find and excavate?

One of our Brownbag Lectures

Weekly lectures held at the Museum's Research and Collections Center. Lectures are usually held during lunchtime on Wednesday. The RCC is located at 1011 E. Ash Street in Springfield. Access to the building is from 10 ½ Street (between Ash and Laurel Streets), where there is ample visitor parking in the west parking lot. For more information, please call 217-785-0037. Brown Bag Lectures are free and open to the public.

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