Minnesota Archaeology Updates

The Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA) recently added a couple of publications to their web site which are downloadable.  These include the 2010 Annual Report of the Office of the State Archaeologist which, along with a lot of bureaucratic information, also includes summaries of the projects that the OSA investigated.  There are also PDF versions of final reports from some of the Legacy Amendment funded projects including the Swift County archaeological survey, exploring the possibility of using LiDAR to survey for mounds and earthworks, and an examination of traditional cultural properties in the five county metro area.  The OSA also provides  a document summarizing the completed projects and the status of ongoing Legacy Amendment projects titled A Preliminary Summary of the Accomplishments of the Statewide Survey of Historical and Archaeological Sites.”  This summary report is a good place to start to determine if you would like to get more in depth information about any of the projects before downloading the individual project reports which are rather large files. 

The Spring 2011 issue of the Minnesota Archaeological Society (MAS) Newsletter is now available on line.  The MAS will hold its annual meeting and banquet on Friday, April 15 at 6:30 pm at Sorin Hall on the campus of Hamline University in St. Paul.  The speakers will be Anne Merriman and Chris Olson of Maritime Heritage Minnesota who will present their findings from “A Survey of the Mississippi River in Aitkin County and the Wreck of the Steamer Andy Gibson.”  For additional information or reservations check out the newsletter link above.

Remember to keep in mind that Minnesota Archaeology Week will be May 14th through the 22nd and to watch for event information in the weeks ahead.

Lake Superior Basin Workshop

The Lake Superior Basin Workshop will be held this Friday and Saturday, March 18th and 19th at the Northwest Company Fur Post near Pine City, Minnesota.   The workshop is a rather informal gathering of archaeologists, avocational archaeologists, collectors, and the general public with lots of hands on opportunities to view artifacts and hear about ongoing projects.  Something of a last hurrah before the field season begins, the focus has traditionally been the archaeology of the Lake Superior Basin with archaeologists from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Canada in attendance.  It has gradually expanded to include any regional topic and has facilitated collaboration between archaeologists from different states and countries.  Continue reading “Lake Superior Basin Workshop”

Upcoming Classical Archeology Lecture

If you are looking for something to take your mind of the snow and cold on Thursday evening check this out.  The Minnesota Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) will be hosting a lecture by Nancy Wilkie titled, Archaeology in Sri Lanka: Challenges and Prospects for the Future on Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 6pm in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center at Macalester College.  Nancy C. Wilkie is the William H. Laird Professor of Classics, Anthropology and the Liberal Arts at Carleton College in Northfield. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Greek from the University of Minnesota, and her B.A. in Classics from Stanford University. Her areas of specialization are prehistoric Greece, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, and cultural property issues.  The lecture is open to the public.

CMA Spring Conference

The Program and Abstracts for the CMA conference coming up in February were just released.  The conference is an even mix of papers on prehistoric and historic subjects (eighteen of each).  The two day event will be held at Inver Hills Community College, Friday, February 18th and Saturday the 19th.  No preregistration is required to attend the conference.  It will be a long holiday weekend for some and an excuse to bring your family and spend the rest of the long weekend exploring the Twin Cities.

Minnesota Archaeology Week 2011

Last week the Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA)announced that the dates for the 2011 Minnesota Archaeology Week (MAW) will be May 14th through the 22nd.  It was moved back a week to try and avoid the inclement weather that has occurred during recent MAWs, mainly cold and snow.  I’ve attached the formal announcement letter and the form to submit events to be added to the OSA calendar.    In an attempt to try and improve participation and event attendance the OSA is considering moving MAW to September in 2012.  The OSA would be interested in hearing your thoughts on making MAW a fall event.  You can email the OSA at mnosa@state.mn.us with your comments.

Archaeology at Lake Vermilion State Park

The Minnesota Archaeological Society will sponsor a lecture by Dave Radford MHS/DNR Parks archaeologist and others who will give an overview of the ongoing archaeological survey of the new Lake Vermilion State Park at 7:00 pm Tuesday November 9, 2010 in the Ft. Snelling History Center Auditorium.  The event is free and open to the public.  Continue reading “Archaeology at Lake Vermilion State Park”

Gales of November

The 23rd annual Gales of November will be held in Duluth, Minnesota Friday, November 12 and Saturday, November 13.  What began 23 years ago as a small gathering of divers sharing shipwreck pictures has grown into a festive two-day educational and networking event.   Gales of November features fascinating exhibits, lectures, and presentations.  The event often includes sessions on maritime archaeology and historic preservation.  This exciting two day benefit is the premiere fundraising event for the Lake Superior Marine Museum Association (LSMMA). Funds raised by the Gales of November Benefit help maintain and protect the maritime history in the Army Corps of Engineers’ Lake Superior Maritime Visitors Center at the foot of the aerial lift bridge in Duluth.  For additional information check out the web site.

CMA Symposium 2011

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.





Lecture – Knife Lake Siltstone in the BWCA

A 2009 archaeological survey on Knife Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness identified numerous sites believed to have been quarries used by early peoples for thousands of years.  The sites include discarded tools quarry debris, and waste from making stone tools.  The presentation will discuss the research and field work on the quarries and what they tell us about the very earliest inhabitants of what today is the BWCAW.   Speakers will be Bill Clayton and Lee Johnson.  Both men are Archaeologists for the Superior National Forest.   The presentation, entitled Mookomaan Zaag’igan (Knife Lake) Siltstone:  The Geology, Importance, Use, and Manufacture of Lithic Tools by the Boundary Waters’ First People, is sponsored by the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness.  It will be held at the John B. Davis Lecture Hall in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center on Macalester College on Tuesday, October 19, 2010.  The presentation starts at 7:30 pm with refreshments served at 8:30 pm after questions.