The Lake Darling renovation project, including replacing its dam, has presented opportunities for archaeological surveys and an excavation by the Office of State Archaeology. There have been over 30 sites surveyed around Lake Darling. The excavation site 13WS357 has shown results and artifacts from the Archaic and Woodland period, the transition between both periods a critical time for Southeast Iowa. The 10,000 artifacts collected, include ceramics, projectile points, and stone tools.
Lake Darling is a man-made lake created and opened in 1950 within the Honey Creek basin. Over the years, the lake receded from its original 302 acres to 267 acres and its maximum depth has dropped from 22 feet to 18 feet. The watershed project started in 2000 has slowed down the decrease in size and the lake is now recovering.
For the Office of State Archaeology, I have put together a display case exhibit for Lake Darling Park’s Fisheries Station. The display case touches on how people have used the area through time, starting with the prehistory of Native American groups who used the area for making tools and preparing food.
Ve’Amber Miller, ’15
Majors: English – Creative Writing Concentration, Individualized: Archaeology
Sponsor: John Gruber-Miller