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Minnesota Archaeology Week

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Minnesota Archaeology Week 2016 begins this weekend September 10 and runs through September 18.  Check out the calendar of events at http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Event-Calendar-8-30-16.pdf  Click on the poster above for a closer look.

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Stone Tools of Minnesota

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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 stone tool2 Stone Tools of Minnesotacommonly 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.

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Gopher State Artifact Show

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The annual Gopher Sate Artifact Show will be McGregor web2 Gopher State Artifact Showheld 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

 

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West Central Minnesota Archaeology

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Professor George Holley from Minnesota State University Moorhead recently completed a cursory inventory of a private artifact collection gathered in Douglas County, Minnesota.  Holley, whose specialty is pottery, is seeking to better understand Minnesota’s precontact ceramic chronology.  George’s report discussion focuses on the types of ceramics in the collection.  Lots of artifact pictures to browse.   Click here to view his report.

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OSA Annual Report

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The Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA) has released its Annual Report, a summary of activities undertaken by the OSA for the 2014 fiscal year.  Anfinson also includes overviews of other archeological activities across the state.

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Gopher State Artifact Show

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Gopher State 2 Gopher State Artifact ShowThe annual Gopher Sate Artifact Show will be held at the Steel County History Center in Owatonna on Saturday March 21, 2015 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.  Click here to download an event flyer with additional information.