CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY KENYON
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: July 22, 2002
(Image: A section of the winning poster; click for high resolution full image)
State archaeology office wins poster contest, plans celebration
Office of the State Archaeologist at the University of Iowa has won a national
award for its poster commemorating Iowa Archaeology Month 2001, "Hunting
and Gathering for Iowa's Past." The poster, which depicts a collage of
more than 100 native animal species, placed third in a competition sponsored
by the Society for American Archaeology.
The image on the Iowa poster is attributed to the early 19th century Meskwaki
leader Wacoshashe. The original is a pen and ink drawing now curated by the
State Historical Society Museum, Des Moines, as part of its Davenport Collection.
It will be displayed along with the first- and second-place winners in the
Department of the Interior Museum in Washington, D.C.
The Office of the State Archaeologist organizes and sponsors Iowa Archaeology
Month each September. Last year 70 historical, cultural, and natural history
organizations throughout the state as well as libraries and schools hosted
Iowa Archaeology Month events.
This year's celebration, "Bags, Bowls, Boxes, and Baskets: Life Before
Plastic," will highlight the importance that containers of various styles,
shapes, and kind have played throughout Iowa history and the evidence they
leave in the archaeological record. Beginning with the woven basketry, ceramics,
skin bags, and wooden boxes of Native Americans through the glass bottles,
wooden trunks, and metal buckets of early pioneers, containers from throughout
Iowa's history provide interesting examples of items that met similar functions
but were executed in widely varying shapes and styles.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the statewide event celebrating
Iowa's rich cultural heritage. For information about hosting or participating
in an Iowa Archaeology Month event, contact Lynn M. Alex, public archaeology
coordinator, Office of the State Archaeologist, University of Iowa, 700 Clinton
Street Building, Iowa City, Iowa 52242; firstname.lastname@example.org;