The Council for Minnesota Archaeology (CMA) is planning a two-day symposium on current archaeological research in the Upper Midwest to be held February 18th and 19th, 2011 at Inver Hills Community College in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. “Farmsteads, Factories, Forts and Frontiers” has been chosen for the theme. The main focus will be Historic in nature but papers on all regional subjects are welcomed. A call for papers was issued in October with a submittal deadline of December 19, 2010.
A Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant provided by the Legacy Act will fund the excavation and documentation of a portion of the starboard side gunwale of the wreck of the Andy Gibson. The Andy Gibson was a sternwheel steamer that operated on the Mississippi River between the towns of Aitkin and Grand Rapids. The data collected from this partially dry excavation will be combined with the preliminary measurements made of the submerged portions of the wreck by Maritime Heritage Minnesota (MHM) in previous seasons. Maritime Heritage Minnesota is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, conservation, and when necessary, the excavation of Minnesota’s finite maritime archaeological and historical resources. Excavation is expected to begin October 15.
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