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Iowa Site Files

Archaeological site files maintained by the Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA)

Project Abstract

This dataset within the Digital Index of North American Archaeology (DINAA) represents archaeological site definitions in the state of Iowa, United States of America. The source data are provided as a public service by the Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA), where they are used to help record cultural resources and ascertain compliance with federal, state, and local statutes regarding the protection of those resources. The representation of these source data in DINAA is limited to definitions of archaeological cultures, site use types, diagnostic artifacts, and fields related to the quality of information preservation at each site. The source data maintained by the Iowa OSA contain many other elements that are not present in DINAA, including those that may be improper for Web-publication such as precise location coordinates. As such, DINAA data are not suitable for records checks or other activities to demonstrate compliance with federal, state, or local regulations. DINAA data are useful for recognizing trends among archaeological site characteristics in various spatial and temporal combinations, for research and educational purposes. Any user who wishes to investigate the source data in detail for legal compliance or research purposes, or wishes to learn more about the important work of archaeological preservation in Iowa, should contact the Iowa OSA directly.

Browsing the Data

The DINAA project continues to develop interface and visualization features to facilitate use of these data. This effort includes continued development and implementation of shared controlled vocabularies that will enable search and comparison of data from multiple states. Currently, one can search across multiple states using a shared vocabulary for archaeological cultures / periods. See below for links to example searches:

Publication Note

Open Context published this dataset as part of a larger, multi-state data sharing and integration project, the Digital Index of North American Archaeology (DINAA), funded in 2012 by the National Science Foundation (award # 1216819 and 1217240). DINAA's team of university, public, and private sector researchers is developing models to publish and index archaeological information from large areas of eastern North America for free of charge access and reuse by all researchers, students, and enthusiasts. For more about the DINAA project, visit the project website.

Suggested Citation

David G. Anderson, Joshua Wells, Stephen Yerka, Kelsey Noack Myers, Robert Carl DeMuth, Thaddeus Geoffrey Bissett. (2014) "Iowa Site Files". In Digital Index of North American Archaeology (DINAA). Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA) (Ed). Released: 2014-03-16. Open Context. <> ARK (Archive):

Copyright License

While this content is in the public domain, please appropriately cite the contributors and Open Context