It’s been a great year! Happiest holidays to all of our followers. Looking forward to sharing more photos and moments in 2015. #iowa #archaeology #uiowa #memoicono

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Our #tribblemaker day was great fun! Students in the Learning Commons stopped by to take a Break from Busyness and stitch up a tribble to help fill the tribble case in the 50 Years of Star Trek exhibition.

I’ll be in the Learning Commons all week 12PM-3PM if you’re local and you want to make a tribble.

You’ll get a #tribblemaker button and one entry to win the life size Kirk cutout that is in the tribble case in the exhibition.  


Thanks to librarian Lindsay Morecraft for supplying perfectly themed thumbs for this shot.

Facsimile edition of the 15th century (ca. 1460-1477), heart-shaped Chansonnier de Jean de Montchenu (Ms. Occ. Rothschild 2973) housed in the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
Polyphonic chansons for 2-4 voices.
Choir book is in the shape of a heart. Issued in leather case (23 cm.).
Contains Middle French and Italian secular pieces by or attributed to Barbingant, Fedé, Bedingham, Dufay, Dunstable, Binchois, Frye, Busnois, Caron, Cornago, Ghizeghem, Morton, Ockeghem, Vincenet and others.
One of 1380 numbered copies signed by a notary.

Rita Benton Music Rare Book Room FOLIO M2 .C428 2010
University of Iowa.

Speaking of #TBT… What a difference a year makes! Last October we were undertaking emergency excavations at the School of Music site, where we found a ca. 1838 foundation with a cache of Indian trade beads, a-mid-19th-century privy, a well, and innumerable cisterns, all 10 or more feet below the elevation of Clinton Street. A year later, the Voxman School of Music building is taking shape. Contributed by Bill Whittaker.

Dale Clark, a long-time Iowa Archeological Society member from Wayne County, IA, sent along some great photos and comments about his experience with the University of Iowa Mobile Museum ( uimobilemuseum ) at the Prairie Trail Museum’s Fall Fest last weekend. The collection of lithics is from David Nickel and his son from Allerton, IA.

“We had a successful event last Saturday at the Prairie Trails Museum(our annual Fall Fest). The Mobile Museum was great to say the least. Someone out did them self when designing the lay out of the artifacts, it was perfect. I haven’t heard a number count but I know it was the best Fall Fest we have ever had.”  

Thanks, Dale!  We appreciate it! 

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New acquisition box opening. Liber Possessionum, 1388. Italian manuscript.