General Interest Article
archaeology, Iowa, history of science, C.R. Keyes
Charles Reuben Keyes (1871-1951) achieved recognition during his lifetime as the "founding father" of Iowa archaeology, and later assessments confirmed and reemphasized Keyes' stature as Iowa's pioneer archaeologist. The collections and documents Keyes compiled, his interpretive publications, and the records of field work he coordinated have proven more valuable to Midwest and Plains archaeology every year. This article emphasizes Keyes' involvement in the development of professionalism in American archaeology and Iowa’s position in the growth of the discipline from 1920 to 1950. Keyes' contacts with the principal archaeologists of his era ensured Iowa’s involvement in the development of survey methods and the establishment of regional taxonomic and classification systems. Scant resources for excavation, student training, and technical publications eventually lessened Iowa's contributions to North American archaeology in the mid-1900s.
Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science
© Copyright 1992 by the Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
"Charles Rueben Keyes and the History of Iowa Archaeology,"
Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science: JIAS, 99(4), 80-85.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/jias/vol99/iss4/7