JDCF’s Wapello Reserve has many stories to tell about the native people who once inhabited the Mississippi River Driftless area. Exploration of Wapello’s broad terraces show that Paleo, Archaic, Woodland, Mississippian, and Euro-American peoples used the land along the Apple River over many millennia. These occupations left a rich record of artifacts, hearths, storage pits, and house remains, along with burial mounds.
These sites were long known to local historians and descendant tribes, and have recently attracted the attention of archaeologists. Over the past decade, a series of archaeological surface collections, excavations, and geophysical surveys have revealed new perspectives and interpretations of these landscapes. Although research is ongoing, it is clear that between A.D. 1100-1350, Wapello was a place where local Woodland people and southern Mississippian people (or ideas) interacted, causing a negotiation of cultural choices to occur. These synergies impacted the region’s histories and are intimately tied with the heritage of descendant communities. This symposium will dive deep into the findings from these archaeological investigations and will host a platform to engage both native and local communities in conversations about past, place, and future directions.
A variety of speakers will come together to explore challenges, successes, and knowledge gained from these discoveries including staff from the Field Museum, local historians and archaeologists, and representatives from the Sac and Fox and Ho-Chunk Nations. $10.00 entrance fee for non-JDCF members. RSVP’s required for lunch.