The latest entry in the Spring Lake Archaeology blog at the Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM) discusses some of the reasons for the excavations at theRanelius site this past summer. One of these was a series of circular, shallow, concentric, ditch-like depressions visible on the surface 50 years ago. The current researches did not relocate any evidence of the feature and suggest it is historic in orign.
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The Duluth Archaeology Center (DAC) is conducting an archaeological survey with funding from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Minnesota Legacy Amendment, approved by voters in 2009. The survey will focus on the North Shore of Lake Superior in Cook, Lake, and St. Louis Counties and adjacent areas of Carlton County, where glacial lakes were present 12,000-10,000 years ago. Researchers will be looking to document both historic and prehistoric sites. The fieldwork will begin this fall with a final report to be completed by the end of June 2011. Continue reading “North Shore Archaeological Survey”
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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