Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Donald Gaff


The following paper is an outline of prehistoric cultures within Central Iowa and more specifically northern Warren County. The purpose of this study was the evaluation of the archaeological evidence near Middle River and the creation of a model to explain the location of this evidence. The model was created in order to predict what types of sites are common as well as what topographical locations they are located on. The number and location of known sites, as well as their cultural identification was analyzed in order to determine the probability that cultural remains could be found on the survey property being studied. The predictability of the model was then tested through a survey of the property by means of shovel tests at set intervals throughout the survey property. This process serves two purposes: it tests the reliability of the model, and it also indicates whether or not prehistoric activity is evident within the property

Year of Submission



Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors


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Date Original


Object Description

1 PDF file (38 pages)