The Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center (MVAC) at La Crosse, Wisconsin is hosting an artifact show at the Valley View Mall next Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Check out this flyer for more information.
I just received a reminder from the folks organizing the upcoming lithic materials workshop see below:
Hello, everyone–This is just a reminder about the Lithic Materials Workshop. If you want to give a paper or poster, have a display, bring materials to the lithic exchange, attend the Friday night reception or Saturday lunch, please complete the online survey by next Friday, February 14, to help us with our planning.
The survey is located at: https://uwlacrosse.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_54uPFPxe8LBxLsV
We hope to see you there!
Fri., February 28, 1:00-5:00 pm and
Sat., March 1, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
UW-La Crosse, Cartwright Ctr, 337 & 339
This event is free and open to the public!
What is it? This free, two-day event is an informal workshop featuring posters, papers, displays, and a lithic material exchange, with plenty of time to talk.
Who’s invited? Everyone interested in regional lithics and lithic raw materials-archaeologists, collectors, flintknappers, students, or anyone else who likes to discuss rocks and how they were used.
Presentations, posters and displays: Scheduled for Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. There will be plenty of time to talk, and we encourage participants to bring materials to show and discuss.
Lithic materials exchange: Saturday afternoon we’ll have a lithic material exchange so people can view and trade samples of raw materials.
For additional information, and updates: http://www.uwlax.edu/mvac/Lithic.htm
The Gopher State Archeological Society will host its annual Artifact Show at the Steele County History Center in Owatonna, Minnesota on Saturday, March 30, from 9 am to 3 pm. The Steel County History Center is located at 1448 Austin Road, on the southeast corner of the Steele County Fairgrounds in Owatonna. The event is free and open to the public. Click here for a flyer.
Earlier this week I had someone show me a very unusual artifact for Minnesota, a bannerstone. Bannerstones are usually found in the Eastern United States. This link to Wikipedia provides some general information about them and their function. This particular one was found 30 years ago during a construction project. Most of the authentic bannerstones that I have seen from Minnesota, less than a dozen total, have been this rectangular shape. The material it is made from is also similar to that of some of the other Minnesota bannerstones I’ve seen before. One theory is that they were atlatl weights and would have been hafted as part of an atlatl, or spear thrower, as shown in the picture below. The wood of the atlatl shaft passed through the hole in the bannerstone. Bannerstones were used during the Archaic into Early Woodland time periods.
The Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Archaeological Society will be held Friday, April 20, 2012 at Sorin Hall on the campus of Hamline University. Dr. Michael Michlovic, Professor of Anthropology at Minnesota State University – Moorhead will present a lecture titled “A Survey Archaeologist’s Perspective on Southwestern Minnesota Prehistory.” The presentation will focus on the 2010 Swift County survey, while at the same time addressing some ideas about culture change, diffusion, and the beginnings of more settled life-ways in the later portion of the prehistoric period. Some attention will also be devoted to the potential significance and drawbacks of archeological survey in an area such as the Minnesota prairies.
Dr. Michlovic’s lectures are always entertaining and informative. The cost is $20 per person which includes a buffet dinner and the event is open to everyone, member or not. For additional information check out this link.