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UNI Museums archaeology exhibit to feature artifacts found at Hartman Reserve

May 23, 2011

Jori Wade-Booth, public affairs coordinator, UNI Museums, 319-273-2188,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will feature artifact and research findings uncovered by the UNI Archaeology Field School excavations at Harman Reserve Nature Center this summer through an exhibit at the UNI Museum. The exhibit, entitled "Beneath Our Feet: Cedar Valley Archaeology," will be on display June 6 through Aug. 20.

Visitors can view pieces of pottery and projectile points found by the field school excavations at Hartman Reserve and learn how professional archaeologists excavate sites, what they look for in the lab and how they interpret artifacts to better understand the culture of prehistoric Iowans.

In addition to artifacts uncovered by the field school, there will be items on display from the Office of the State Archaeologist, artifacts and research from John Hartman, a life-size wigwam and hands-on activities.

"Beneath Our Feet: Cedar Valley Archaeology" was created by UNI Museums in collaboration with Donald Gaff, assistant professor of anthropology at UNI. An opening reception, featuring Gaff and Chris Anderson of Hartman Reserve, will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7, at the UNI Museum.

The UNI Museum is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. The museum is located at 3219 Hudson Rd. For more information, visit