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. 


Archaeology Day at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

September 25, 2010, 10 am to 4 pm. 

The last Saturday in September the Minnesota Archaeological Society and Mille Lacs Kathio State Park hold their annual Archaeology Day.  Come andexperience demonstrations of flint-knapping, pottery making, primitive bow making, spears and spear throwers. View displays of artifacts and projects and see an archaeological excavation in progress. Canoe tours will offer views and discussion about archaeological sites.  It is a beautiful time of year to visit the park.  Its 9000 years of human history and archaeological significance has made it a National Historic Landmark.  Generations of archaeologists have worked and studied there, see what they have discovered. 

Flintknapping Demonstration

Rod Johnson, President of the Minnesota Archaeological Society will be demonstrating how stone tools like arrowheads are made at the Welch Station access of the Cannon Valley Trail on Saturday September 4, 2010.  Rod will be set up at the Welch station from 11 am to 4 pm.  The trail runs from Cannon Falls to Red Wing and is an enjoyable days outing.  At a couple of locations along the trail near Red Wing there are interpretive signs explaining archaeological sites adjacent to the trail.   The Cannon Valley Trail web site also has a page about the cultural resources found in the area.