Meagan Thies-Sauder

Meagan Thies-Sauder
Environmental Specialist/Project Archaeologist

(M.S. with Lambda Alpha honors, Illinois State University, Expected 2020; B.A. with University honors, The University of Iowa, 2011)


Meagan has spent the last decade specializing in the archaeology of prehistoric Iowa and the Eastern Plains, museum studies, education and outreach, as well as teaching, conservation resource and heritage management, archaeological ethics, GIS, and ceramic analysis. Furthermore, her fieldwork has taken her to Belize, The Netherlands, Ohio, Illinois, Texas, Iowa, and the U.P. of Michigan. This level of experience has prepared her to conduct cultural resource management projects associated with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act compliance process. Meagan is proficient in archaeological lab and field methods as well as survey techniques. Her primary responsibilities include assisting in identifying, analyzing, and evaluating archaeological sites for their National Register significance.

Off the clock
When Meagan isn't at work she enjoys hiking with her husband and dog daughter, Eno, the miniature schnauzer. Meagan also loves to bike tour. Her longest tour was biking across the state of Iowa while teaching archaeology in the 2014 RAGBRAI. One thing on her bucket list is to visit all of the filming locations for Rogue One: A Star Wars story!

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