Minnesota Archaeological Society Annual Dinner Meeting

The Minnesota Archaeological Society will host its annual meeting and dinner on Friday, April 26, 2019 at Hamline University beginning at 6:30 pm.  Dr. Brian Hoffman of Hamline University will present “Along the Red Rock Ridge – Archaeology in a Sacred Landscape”  after dinner and a short business meeting.  The Red Rock Ridge is an outcrop of Sioux Quartzite that stretches some 20 miles across the prairies and farmlands of southwestern Minnesota. Dr.Hoffman has been working with a team of archaeologists, historians, naturalists, and American Indian elders to understand the cultural and natural history of this unique landscape. They have documented a diverse range of archaeology sites from ancient stone quarries to astronomical observatories. He will discuss how their collaborative work has transformed our understanding of sacred places and human history in southwestern Minnesota.

You do not need to be a member to attend.  Reservations are due by April 15, 2019. For additional information follow this link:  http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/2019_MAS-Dinner-Flyer.pdf

 

2019 Gopher State Artifact Show

The 2019 Gopher State Artifact show will be held Saturday, March 30 at the Steele County History Center in Owatonna, Minnesota from 9am to 3pm.  The History Center is located at 1448 Austin Road, on the southeast corner of the Steele County Fair Grounds.  The event is open to the public and offers an opportunity to see the region’s private artifact collections.  The event is sponsored by the Gopher State Archaeological Society.

Lake Superior Basin Workshop

The 2019 Lake Superior Basin Workshop will be held Friday March 15 and Saturday March 16 from 9am to 5pm at the University of Minnesota Duluth in Cina Hall rooms 224 and 214.  See the attached flyer and map for additional information:  http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/2019workshopREVmap.pdf    As always, the emphasis is on informal displays and discussion about archaeology of the region, both sides of the border.  The event is free and open to the public.  If you have questions contact Sue Mulholland at suemulholland@aol.com

 

Council for Minnesota Archaeology Conference

The 2019 Council for Minnesota Archaeology (CMA) conference will be held at St. Cloud State University (SCSU) on Friday February 15 and Saturday February 16, 2019 beginning at 9 am on Friday.  The conference will be held at the Atwood Memorial Center on the SCSU campus and opens with three presentations focusing on statewide updates from the State Historic Preservation Office, Office of the State Archaeologist, and Minnesota Indian Affairs Council. There will be special special sessions honoring the life and works of both Doug Birk and Steve Mulholland.  On Saturday afternoon, the conference will end with the annual CMA winter meeting that starts at 3:00 pm.  Coffee, tea and pastries will be served each morning for attendees who arrive early.   Attendance is free and you do not have to be a CMA member to attend.  For additional information and a conference schedule follow this link:   http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/2019-CMA-Conference-Program.pdf 

Request for Proposals – New Pottery Handbook

The Minnesota Historical Society and the Oversight Board of the Statewide Survey of Historical and Archaeological Sites has posted a request for proposals for the initial phase of assembling a handbook of Minnesota Precontact Pottery.  The purpose of this project is to conduct literature and collections research, facilitate professional discussion and create a new classification system for Minnesota precontact ceramics that will form the basis for eventual production of a finished publication.  Additional phases of  work will occur as funding allows.  The ultimate goal is to create a new version of A Handbook of Minnesota Prehistoric Ceramics originally published in 1979.  Here is the link to the State Register where the announcement is posted on page 921 (page 9 of 14 of this issue)  https://mn.gov/admin/assets/SR43_31%20-%20Accessible_tcm36-369656.pdf  Proposals are due February 19, 2019

Dakota County Survey

The Office of the State Archaeologist recently posted a report for another archaeological survey on its website.  The survey was completed for The Board of the Statewide Survey of Historical and Archaeological Sites and funded by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Minnesota Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.  The report is for a survey of Dakota County, Minnesota.  Fieldwork for the project was undertaken in 2017 by the Science Museum of Minnesota with the goal of documenting additional Precontact and Early Contact sites in the county.  The survey located 32 new archaeological sites.  The results of the survey show a pattern of site distribution across the county which suggests that for millennia the major rivers and their confluences were the focus of large, long term settlement, with much of the county passed through on the way to these more favored locales.   Follow this link to view a copy of the report:  https://mn.gov/admin/assets/Dakota%20County%20Survey-Public%20II%20%281%29_tcm36-352763.pdf 

Arrowheads & What They Tell Us

The Pine City Area History Association will host Brian Klawiter who will be speaking about arrowheads and what we can learn about the past by examining them.  Klawiter who is a geologist and archeologist will share his study of a group of local artifacts and explain that both the style of the arrowhead and the stone it is made from can provide information about the people who created and used these tools.  The Pine City Area History Association general meetings are free and open to the public.  It will be held at the Pine City Public Library, 300 5th Street, at 2 pm on Sunday October 21, 2018.  See the attached flyer for additional information:  http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Pine-Co-AHA-Oct.pdf

Job Openings for Archaeologists

The Minnesota Historical Society is looking to hire an archaeologist to fill an Archaeologist II position.  Here is a link to the job description http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/DNR-1183-Archaeologist-II.pdf  Closing date is September 20, 2018.

The Minnesota Office of the State Archaeologist is looking to hire an assistant to the state archeologist.  A temporary position anticipated to last three years.  Here is a link to the job description  http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/OSA-position.pdf  The job is posted on the State of Minnesota Jobs site https://mn.gov/mmb/careers/search-for-jobs/  Closing date is October 2, 2018.

Minnesota Archaeology Month

September is Minnesota Archaeology Month with archeology related events happening all across the state.  Check out the Calendar of Events at http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/2018-calendar-print-version.pdf  to see what is scheduled. Be sure and check back regularly to see if additional events have been added.

 

Arrowheads and Stone Tools

The Snake River Fur Post  http://sites.mnhs.org/historic-sites/north-west-company-fur-post   (formerly the Northwest Company Fur Post) near Pine City, Minnesota will be hosting its annual Arrowheads and Stone Tools days June 29 from noon to 4pm and June 30 from 10 am to 3 pm.  Modern flintknappers will demonstrate their skill at shaping stone into arrowheads and other stone tools.  This annual event allows flintknappers, archaeologists, and the interested public a chance to see and discuss how stone tools are made.    There is an admission charge to the site, but no additional cost for the event.  For additional information check out this link:  http://www.mnhs.org/event/5381