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

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

2018 Gopher State Artifact Show

 

The 2018 Gopher State Artifact show will be held Saturday, April 7 at the Steele County History Center in Owatonna, Minnesota.  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.

Tapping History

On Monday, March 12, as part of the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society’s ‘Tapping History’ series the folks from Maritime Heritage Minnesota (MHM) will give a presentation on Lake Minnetonka nautical archaeology and maritime history at the Excelsior Brewing Company (421 Third Street, Excelsior, MN).  MHM has been conducting studies in Lake Minnetonka to identify, document, preserve, and conserve wrecks and other submerged cultural resources on the lake bottom.  The presentation starts at 7:00 pm with doors opening at 6 pm, with limited seating, first come first served.

Minnesota Historical Society RFPs

I recently received notification of two Requests for Proposals for artifact analyses related to Fort Snelling (21HE0099) and the surrounding area. These are funded by an Underrepresented Communities Grant from the National Park Service (federal Historic Preservation Fund), and are part of a larger project to update the National Register of Historic Places documentation for the Fort Snelling Historic District.

One project is for analysis of Precontact artifacts in the curated collections from Fort Snelling and Mendota. The other is for an assessment of the historical archaeology of African American presence and slavery at Fort Snelling.

There is a tight timeframe for the projects.  Proposals are due (by email) on Nov 20. The projects must be complete by the end of February, 2018. Both are relatively small projects. The work would need to be conducted at the Minnesota Historical Society, probably at the Fort Snelling History Center. Here is the link for the Precontact RFP:  http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Fort-Snelling-Precontact-Archaeology-RFP.pdf and here is the link for the assessment of African American presence and slavery RFP:  http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Fort-Snelling-African-American-Archaeology-RFP.pdf

Arrowheads and Stone Tools


The annual flintknapping event at the Northwest Company Fur Post at Pine City will be held Friday, June 23 from noon to 4 pm and Saturday June 24 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/719

Gopher State Artifact Show

The 2017 Gopher State artifact show will be held this coming Saturday March 25 from 9am to 3pm at the Steele County History Center, Owatonna, Minnesota, located at 1448 Austin Road, on the southeast corner of the Steele County Fair Grounds.  This year the Science Museum of MN will be at the show to promote the archaeological survey of Dakota County, so any one with artifacts from Dakota County is encouraged to bring them to the show.  The event is open to the public and offers an opportunity to see the regions private artifact collections.

 

Stone Tools of Minnesota

The Office of the State Archaeologist recently posted a digital version of a new stone tool identification guide for Minnesota.  The publication titled “Stone Tools of Minnesota” was authored by Toby A. Morrow with contributions by Scott F. Anfinson, Kent E. Bakken, Guy E. Gibbon, Michael D. Giller, John H. Hahn, Daniel K. Higginbottom, and Craig M. Johnson.  The project was funded by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Minnesota Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment as part of the Statewide Survey of Historical and Archaeological Sites.
The book is more than just and identification guide to Minnesota’s stone tools, but a textbook on lithic materials and lithic technology in Minnesota.  For example, the introductory chapter includes sections on; objects commonly mistaken for stone tools, facts about fakes (modern reproductions), how we have learned about stone tools, and lithic use wear and residue studies (plant residues including starches and phytoliths and animal residues like blood).
Besides the Introduction, chapters include; A Brief Primer in Geology; History of Lithic Analysis in Minnesota (Anfinson); Chipped Stone Tools; Projectile Points; Chipped Stone Raw Materials (Bakken); Ground Stone Tools; and a chapter on Future Directions which suggests the directions future studies to understand and analyze stone tools should take.
The book is heavily illustrated with excellent color photographs showing the artifacts full size and is over 400 pages in length.  It has something for both the avocational and professional archaeologist.  Due to the size of the digital file it was posted as two downloads.   Part 1: http://mn.gov/admin/assets/stone-tools-of-minnesota-part1_tcm36-247478.pdf    (14MB) and Part 2: http://mn.gov/admin/assets/stone-tools-of-minnesota-part2_tcm36-247479.pdf   (17MB).  At this time there are no hard copies of the report available, the Board of the Statewide Survey of Historical and Archaeological Sites is working on getting it published.

Gopher State Artifact Show

The annual Gopher Sate Artifact Show will be held at the Steel County History Center in Owatonna on Saturday March 19, 2016 from 9am to 3pm.  The event is open to the public.  There is usually a small admission fee and if you have an artifact you would like to have identified there will be lots of experts on hand to offer an opinion.  This is also an opportunity to get a sense of the rich archaeological history of the region.  The Steel County History Center is a great place for a show like this with lots of natural light.  Download an event flyer with additional information at http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/2016-Gopher-State-web.pdf