Special Collections Department
403 Parks Library
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-2140

RS 21/7/269
Benjamin Worrell
Lake LaVerne Archaeological Site Materials, 2015

Descriptive summary

creator: Worrell, Benjamin
title: Lake LaVerne Archaeological Site Materials
dates: 2015
extent: 33 jpegs, 1 docx, 1 pdf (25.6 MB)
collection number: RS 21/7/269
repository: University Archives, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University.
language: English


Administrative information

access: Consult Staff. Located in Electronic Records - Access Copies Folder
publication rights: Consult Head, Special Collections Department
preferred citation: Lake Laverne Archaeological Site Materials, RS 21/7/269, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library.



People, Families, and Corporate Bodies: Iowa State University. Dept. of Military Science
Places: Ames (Iowa) -- History, Military -- 20th century.

Excavations (Archaeology) -- Iowa -- Ames.

World War, 1914-1918 -- Iowa -- Ames.
Genres: Digital images.


Historical note

Benjamin Worrell, an Iowa State University Civil Engineering major, discovered evidence of military activity on the Southside of Lake Laverne as a result of metal detecting. At the site, numbered 13SR334, Worell found approximately 100 bullets, 12 casings dated 1916-1917, and a buried U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey and State Survey elevation marker (number 132). Based on the dates and his research in the Iowa State University Special Collections and Archives Department, he concluded that this area was most likely used as a drilling area for the College Battalion during World War I.


Collection description

This collection (2015) consists of digital files of artifact images and archaeological reports documenting Ben Worrell's findings of a historic military site near Lake LaVerne.


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