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. 


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.