This coming Saturday, January 14, 2017 there will be a flint knapping event at the Belle Plaine Public Library, 125 West Main Street in Belle Plaine, Minnesota during regular library hours, 10 am to 2 pm. Stop in and see how stone tools are made.
Four metro area historical societies (client) are seeking the services of a highly qualified archaeologist (contractor) to complete a study of Alpha Sites in four metro area counties in a process that includes public engagement. The partner societies include Anoka County Historical Society, Dakota County Historical Society, Ramsey County Historical Society, and Scott County Historical Society (lead/project manager). For additional information check out this link: http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/RFP-Archaeologist-2017-web.pdf Proposal deadline is January 18, 2017.
The Council for Minnesota Archaeology (CMA) is soliciting papers or posters to be presented at a two-day symposium on current archaeological research in the Upper Midwest. Papers on all regional subjects are welcomed from academics, cultural resource management archaeologists and stakeholders. The conference will be held February 24 and 25, 2017 at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Abstracts no more than 200 words in length are due no later than January 20th, 2017. Follow this link for additional information: http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/2017-CMA-Call-for-Papers.pdf
I realize this a busy time for contractors with the end of the field season approaching, but the Oversight Board of the Statewide Historical and Archaeological Survey has released another call for proposals, this one for an archaeological survey of Dakota County. It was published in this week’s issue of the State Register, the Monday 24 October 2016 issue. It is on page 496 (or page 12 of the current issue).
“The Minnesota Historical Society (Society) and the Oversight Board of the Statewide Historical and Archaeological Survey (Board) seek a qualified consultant to conduct an archaeological survey of Dakota County. The purposes of the project are to summarize what is known about the early human occupation of the county, update the State Archaeologist’s site file with regard to the status of known archaeological sites, and find through field survey unrecorded prehistoric and early historic sites. The cost of the survey should not exceed $95,000.”
Follow this link to the current issue of the State Register for more information: http://www.comm.media.state.mn.us/bookstore/stateregister/41_17.pdf
Minnesota Archaeology Week 2016 begins this weekend September 10 and runs through September 18. Check out the calendar of events at http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Event-Calendar-8-30-16.pdf Click on the poster above for a closer look.
The Shoreview Historical Society and the North Lake Owasso Neighborhood Group are hosting an archaeology event that allows the public to participate in an archaeological survey of Lake Vadnais in Vadnais/Snail Lakes Regional Park. The goal is to better understand the early history around Lake Vadnais. Survey up to this point has located two new archaeological sites. Archaeologist Dr. Jeremy Nienow will lead the archaeological shovel testing survey the weekends of August 27 – 28, September 17 – 18 and September 24 – 25, 2016. Participants must be able to stoop, use a shovel and be outdoors for the duration of the time you sign up for. No previous experience is necessary. A donation of $10 per session is suggested to offset program costs. Kids and Scouts 12 to 18 are free. Follow this link for an informational flyer and contact information: http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Lake-Vadnais-survey.pdf