Appraisal of the Archeological Resources of the Rathbun Reservoir Iowa

Author(s): John J. Hoffman

Year: 1965


The operations of salvage archeology in the Rathbun Reservoir are another example of massive redemption of archeological sites now under way in the river valleys of America. Under the aegis of the Inter-Agency Archeological Salvage program, and in cooperation with the National Park Service, the River Basin Surveys of the Smithsonian Institution has been charged with the leadership of these activities in many areas of the United States. The Missouri Basin Project of the River Basin Surveys has been especially active in the large region drained by the Missouri River.

Previous operations in the project area began in 1948. Results of this inspection were reported in a preliminary appraisal (Wheeler 1949) as well as an issue of the Journal of the Iowa Archeological Society (Wheeler 1959).

The State University of Iowa, under contract with the National Park Service, made an extensive survey of the area in 1961 and 1962. The results of this are reported in a survey summary (McKusick and Ries 1962). After the completion of that survey, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District, re-defined the position of the dam axis which necessitated re-survey of the proposed area in 1964.

A total of seventy-one sites have been recorded in the area of Rathbun Reservoir.

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Appraisal of the Archeological Resources of the Rathbun Reservoir Iowa. John J. Hoffman. 1965 ( tDAR id: 129499)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -93.558; min lat: 40.58 ; max long: -92.638; max lat: 41.161 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Anne Vawser

Sponsor(s): National Park Service, Omaha, NB

Prepared By(s): River Basin Surveys, Lincoln, NE; Smithsonian Institution

Record Identifiers

NADB document id number(s): 642098

NADB citation id number(s): 000000098979


General Note: Submitted to: National Park Service, Omaha, NB

General Note: Sent from: Smithsonian Institution, River Basin Surveys, Lincoln, NE