Signup underway for hands-on history
KEOSAUQUA — Become an archaeologist for the day by joining the Office of the State Archaeologist from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 28 to survey a historic site associated with the Mormon trails through Van Buren County.
Participants will meet at the Keosauqua Boat Ramp. The site is associated with the first exodus from Nauvoo, Illinois, when the travelers were bogged down for two weeks due to bad weather.
Participants will learn archaeological survey techniques like walking the area in a systematic fashion while marking the locations of the abundant surface artifacts with pin flags.
No artifacts will be collected during this survey.
The free program will be limited to 15 participants. Preregistration is required. For information or registration, call naturalist Brittney Tiller at 472-4421 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The program is an official Des Moines River Water Trails event cosponsored by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Office of the State Archaeologist and Jefferson County Conservation.