The Midwest Archaeological Conference annual meeting begins tomorrow evening (Wednesday October 9, 2019) in Mankato with an early bird reception followed by an all-day fieldtrip on Thursday. Papers will be presented on Friday and Saturday. You may register for the conference at the door. Follow this link for additional information: https://www.midwestarchaeology.org/annual-meeting/upcoming
By now most of you are aware of the loss to Minnesota archaeology with Pat Emerson’s recent death. Patricia Emerson, passed away Saturday, August 31. Pat attended Our Lady of Peace High School in St. Paul and studied Anthropology at Hamline University and Mankato State University before working as an instructor at Mankato State, and an Archeologist at Impact Services, Mankato. In 1985, she accepted the position of Program Manager, Minnesota DNR Trails and Waterways Unit Archaeological Reconnaissance Survey with the MNHS Archaeology Department. In 1994, she became the Program Manager, Minnesota DNR Division of Forestry Heritage Resources Program, and in 2001 she also became the Program Manager, Minnesota DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife Cultural Resource Program. Pat took on the role of Acting Head of Archaeology in 2004, became the Head of Archaeology in 2005, and became the Director of Archaeology in 2013. Pat’s commitment, compassion, and expertise held true throughout her 33 years at MNHS.
Pat was a passionate advocate for archaeology and for the programs she supervised. She was the glue that held Minnesota Archaeology together through her work with the Minnesota Historical Society, the Council for Minnesota Archaeology, the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, the Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, and the Minnesota Archaeological Society.
A memorial gathering will be held on Sunday, October 20th on the second level of the Minnesota Historical Society History Center, 345 West Kellogg Boulevard in St. Paul from 10am to 1pm.
September is Minnesota Archaeology Month. The mission of Minnesota Archaeology Month (MAM) is to promote interest in archaeology and the role it plays in understanding the state’s rich cultural heritage. The goals of Minnesota Archaeology Month are to encourage public participation in archaeology; stewardship of archaeological sites; communication among professional and avocational archaeologists; and the sharing archaeological knowledge with the general public. There are archaeology related events scheduled throughout the month and across the State. Check out the calendar of events to see what’s happening and participate in celebrating Minnesota’s archaeology. The calendar 0f events can be found at: http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Minnesota-Archaeology-Month-field-notes.pdf
Note that the Archaeology Fair which has been held at Ft. Snelling State Park every year for the past 16 years has been cancelled due to the continuing closure of the park while undergoing repairs from flood damage to the park this spring. A great alternative is the Archaeology Day at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park held on September 28.
The Snake River Fur Post at Pine City will hold its annual Arrowheads and Stone Tools Day, this coming Saturday, June 29th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Flintknappers will demonstrate how stone tools like arrowheads and spears were made. Follow this link for more information about the event and the Snake River Fur Post: http://www.mnhs.org/furpost/activities/calendar/6837
The Minnesota Archaeological Society will host its annual meeting and dinner on Friday, April 26, 2019 at Hamline University beginning at 6:30 pm. Dr. Brian Hoffman of Hamline University will present “Along the Red Rock Ridge – Archaeology in a Sacred Landscape” after dinner and a short business meeting. The Red Rock Ridge is an outcrop of Sioux Quartzite that stretches some 20 miles across the prairies and farmlands of southwestern Minnesota. Dr.Hoffman has been working with a team of archaeologists, historians, naturalists, and American Indian elders to understand the cultural and natural history of this unique landscape. They have documented a diverse range of archaeology sites from ancient stone quarries to astronomical observatories. He will discuss how their collaborative work has transformed our understanding of sacred places and human history in southwestern Minnesota.
You do not need to be a member to attend. Reservations are due by April 15, 2019. For additional information follow this link: http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/2019_MAS-Dinner-Flyer.pdf
The 2019 Lake Superior Basin Workshop will be held Friday March 15 and Saturday March 16 from 9am to 5pm at the University of Minnesota Duluth in Cina Hall rooms 224 and 214. See the attached flyer and map for additional information: http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/2019workshopREVmap.pdf As always, the emphasis is on informal displays and discussion about archaeology of the region, both sides of the border. The event is free and open to the public. If you have questions contact Sue Mulholland at email@example.com
The 2019 Council for Minnesota Archaeology (CMA) conference will be held at St. Cloud State University (SCSU) on Friday February 15 and Saturday February 16, 2019 beginning at 9 am on Friday. The conference will be held at the Atwood Memorial Center on the SCSU campus and opens with three presentations focusing on statewide updates from the State Historic Preservation Office, Office of the State Archaeologist, and Minnesota Indian Affairs Council. There will be special special sessions honoring the life and works of both Doug Birk and Steve Mulholland. On Saturday afternoon, the conference will end with the annual CMA winter meeting that starts at 3:00 pm. Coffee, tea and pastries will be served each morning for attendees who arrive early. Attendance is free and you do not have to be a CMA member to attend. For additional information and a conference schedule follow this link: http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/2019-CMA-Conference-Program.pdf
The Pine City Area History Association will host Brian Klawiter who will be speaking about arrowheads and what we can learn about the past by examining them. Klawiter who is a geologist and archeologist will share his study of a group of local artifacts and explain that both the style of the arrowhead and the stone it is made from can provide information about the people who created and used these tools. The Pine City Area History Association general meetings are free and open to the public. It will be held at the Pine City Public Library, 300 5th Street, at 2 pm on Sunday October 21, 2018. See the attached flyer for additional information: http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Pine-Co-AHA-Oct.pdf
September is Minnesota Archaeology Month with archeology related events happening all across the state. Check out the Calendar of Events at http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/2018-calendar-print-version.pdf to see what is scheduled. Be sure and check back regularly to see if additional events have been added.
The Snake River Fur Post http://sites.mnhs.org/historic-sites/north-west-company-fur-post (formerly the Northwest Company Fur Post) near Pine City, Minnesota will be hosting its annual Arrowheads and Stone Tools days June 29 from noon to 4pm and June 30 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/5381