Cherokee Sewer Site

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Cherokee Sewer Site
Nearest city Cherokee, Iowa
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 74000777 [1]
Added to NRHP December 24, 1974
Main article: Iowa archaeology

The Cherokee Sewer Site is a multi-component Prehistoric Indian Archaic bison processing site excavated in 1973 and 1976 near the sewage treatment plant of Cherokee, Iowa, United States; it is not associated with the Cherokee tribe. It is important because it shows a transition in bison hunting strategy during the Archaic period in the Americas. Data from the Cherokee excavations produced some of the earliest models for climate change in the Midwest.[2][3] It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ Anderson, Duane; Semken, Holmes A. (1980)The Cherokee Excavations: Holocene Ecology and Human Adaptations in Northwestern Iowa. Academic Press, New York.
  3. ^ Whittaker (1998) The Cherokee Excavations Revisited: Bison Hunting on the Eastern Plains. North American Archaeologist 19(4):293–316.