Workers uncover artifacts underneath Hubbard Park

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 by Construction

Today, Hubbard Park is where students throw Frisbees and where Iowa City residents hold events — but what did the park look like in the mid-1800s?

New archaeological findings uncovered beneath Hubbard Park may shed more light on what this area looked like in the mid-19th century and what people used the space for then, said John Doershuk, a state archaeologist at the University of Iowa.

“Bit by bit, we’re patching together a more complete understanding,” he said.

Miron Construction contractors working for the University of Iowa uncovered the findings during the past few weeks near the Iowa Memorial Union while working on a new chilled water line, part of UI’s flood mitigation and recovery project.

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