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Minnesota Historical Society RFPs

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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.Fort Snelling RFP Minnesota Historical Society RFPs

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

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Arrowheads and Stone Tools

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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

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Gopher State Artifact Show

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Gopher state 001 web Gopher State Artifact ShowThe 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.

 

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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