University of Iowa, Office of the State Archaeologist

Company Information

Contact: Melody Pope (Research Director)

700 Clinton Street Building
Iowa City, Iowa 52242

Business 319-384-0724
Mobile 319-400-9937

Year Established: 1992

Specialties: Archaeologists, Photography & Documentation, Collections

Training/Experience: Section 106 Workshop Certification: Principals and Practice (Melody K. Pope) Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, The Section 106 Advanced Seminar (Cynthia L. Peterson) GIS Graduate Certifcation, Department of Geography, University of North Dakot

Notes: All Iowa projects undertaken by the Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA) at the University of Iowa are conducted in accordance with the Association of Iowa Archaeologists Guidelines for Archaeological Investigations in Iowa, as well as the regulations of the National Park Service and Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (36CFR800 as amended). Projects conducted in other states follow the guidelines established by each State Historic Preservation Office/Tribal Historic Preservation Office. Professional archaeological, architectural historian, and osteological consultants at the OSA havehave a wealth of experience in a wide range of contexts and a solid understanding of current legislation and principles of cultural resources management best practices. This experience allows OSA consultants to provide comprehensive assessments of the opportunities and risks associated with cultural resources management compliance, and they aim to deliver heritage solutions that will benefit the whole community.


Project: The Palace Site (13PK966) A Middle Archaic Habitation and Burial Site in Des Moines
Location: Iowa
Year: 2014

Project: Mapping Precontact Burial Mounds in Sixteen Minnesota Counties Using Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR)
Location: Minnesota
Year: 2013

Project: Building Jobs in Iowa, New Deal Dams of the Wapsipinicon River Watershed in Northeast Iowa
Location: Iowa
Year: 2015