Kimball Village

Kimball Village
Nearest city Westfield, Iowa
MPS Archaeological Resources of Initial Variant of the Middle Missouri Tradition in Iowa MPS
NRHP Reference # 10000343[1]
Added to NRHP June 11, 2010

Kimball Village is an archaeological site located in the vicinity of Westfield, Iowa, United States. It is one of six known Big Sioux phase villages from the Middle Missouri Tradition that existed between 1100-1250 C.E.[2] The name "Big Sioux" refers to their proximity to the Big Sioux River. Dr. Charles R. Keyes, a professor at Cornell College in Iowa, his assistant Ellison Orr, and 14 workers from the Works Progress Administration first excavated the site after Keyes heard that artifact hunters were finding objects in this area. They discovered houses, hearths, storage pits, burial features, and over 9,000 artifacts.[2] Other excavations were done in 1942, 1963 and 2009. They determined the village had at least 20 dwellings organized in five rows facing south. It was fortified by a timber palisade and a ditch. The site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.[1]


  1. 1 2 National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. 1 2 Cynthia L. Peterson; Lynn M. Alex; William E. Whittaker. "Kimball Village" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-10-31.

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