Dr. David Gradwohl

Emeritus Professor and Founding Director of the Iowa State University Archaeological Laboratory.
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David Gradwohl came to ISU in 1962, the first full time anthropologist (in the Department of Economics and Sociology). In 1964 he established the Iowa State University Archaeological Laboratory (ISUAL) and the ISU Summer Field School in Archaeology. For 30 years he supervised archaeological crews in the Red Rock Reservoir, proposed Ames Reservoir, and Saylorville Reservoir as part of contracts with the National Park Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and weekend field work required in the undergraduate core course in Archaeology. In the 1980s he directed investigations at the Buxton, Iowa, townsite associated with African Americans. He was the Major Professor for the first MA in Anthropology at I.S.U. (John D. Reynolds, 1970). He designed the undergraduate Anthropology major, and was Coordinator for the Anthropology Program from 1968 to 1975. He was a Co-founder of the American Indian Studies Program in 1976, and chaired the program from 1981 to 1985. He co-founded ISU’s American Indian Symposium in 197l, and continues to serve on the symposium committee.