Iowa site picked for archaeological center

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) — A location in western Iowa for the proposed Loess Hills Archaeological Interpretive Center has been approved by the Iowa Preserves Advisory Board.

The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reports (http://bit.ly/1b06TsP) that the location is on a state preserve at the south edge of Glenwood, just across the Missouri River from Nebraska.

The multimillion-dollar center will be devoted to studying the Native Americans who lived in earthen dwellings in extreme western Iowa and eastern Nebraska between 600 and 750 years ago.

The 906-acre preserve, Iowa’s largest, was previously a part of the state-operated Glenwood Resource Center.

Its re-designation as a preserve was hastened by the evidence that beneath its surface are dozens of ancient earth lodges, camping areas and agricultural pursuits.

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Information from: The Daily Nonpareil, http://www.nonpareilonline.com

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