Zooey Reisdorf, a history major and sophomore at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, has been getting "down and dirty" in Sanford Museum's Archeology Department.
Reisdorf, a native of Dubuque, has been assisting Museum Archeologist Jason Titcomb with several projects currently under way.
She is keeping busy with the daunting task of cleaning artifacts from the Mill Creek Indian Culture which is believed to include farmers who lived in this region 900 years ago.
Titcomb has previously stated that there are roughly 30 Mill Creek sites in Northwest Iowa.
Unlike Plains Indians who lived a migrant life style, the Mill Creek Indians built huts and storage bins for their food.
It is long thought that many of these villages also had walls surrounding them.
Among the artifacts that are now passing through Reisdorf's hands are many of those relics.
Reisdorf's favorite part of working at the Sanford Museum has been the cleaning of Pipestone relics. "You don't know why they were carved," she said.
She also indicated that she has spent a lot of time working with Titcomb and even helping him with writing a newsletter for the Iowa Archaeological Society.
Reisdorf got involved with the Sanford Museum when one of her professors was looking for an internship for her and suggested trying the Sanford Museum, which has utilized interns from time to time.