Trails Center anniversary series celebrates archaeology month

For immediate release October 4, 2007


Contact: Jeff Morgan,, (515) 281-3858

(DES MOINES) – The role of fishing in early historic and Precontact periods will be discussed at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Western Historical Trail Center in Council Bluffs.

State Historical Society of Iowa Archaeologist Doug Jones will present "Fish Weirs" and more as part of the Trails Center's 10th anniversary and celebration of October as Archaeology Month.

In addition to discussing numerous forms of archaeological evidence that suggest fishing played an important role in the subsistence economies during the early historic and Precontact periods, Jones will also present a reconsideration of the archaeological evidence for fishing activities in Iowa.

The event is free and open to the public. The Western Historic Trails Center is at 3434 Richard Downing Avenue off 24th Street south of I-80 Exit 1B. Call 712-366-4900 for more information.

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is responsible for developing the state's interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters with the advice and assistance from its two divisions: the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council. DCA preserves, researches, interprets and promotes an awareness and understanding of local, state and regional history and stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them. It implements tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the General Assembly and designs a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa Arts Council to develop the arts in Iowa. More information about DCA is available at


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