Council for Minnesota Archaeology Conference

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 

Arrowheads & What They Tell Us

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

Minnesota Archaeology Month

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.

 

Arrowheads and Stone Tools

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

MAS Annual Meeting and Dinner

Just a reminder for those of you planning to attend the Minnesota Archaeological Society annual meeting and dinner Friday April 20, 2018 that you need to RSVP by April 12, that’s this Thursday.  Dr. Michael Michlovic will be the after dinner speaker presenting “The Archaic and Its problems for Minnesota Archaeology”.  You do not have to be a member to attend.  Here is a link to the flyer with the pertinent information.    http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/2018-MAS-Dinner-Flyer.pdf

2018 Gopher State Artifact Show

 

The 2018 Gopher State Artifact show will be held Saturday, April 7 at the Steele County History Center in Owatonna, Minnesota.  The History Center is located at 1448 Austin Road, on the southeast corner of the Steele County Fair Grounds.  The event is open to the public and offers an opportunity to see the region’s private artifact collections.

Lake Superior Basin Workshop

The 2018 LSBW will be held March 16 (Friday) and 17 (Saturday) at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay.  Attached flier with maps also including some hotel info  http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/2018-Lake-Supereior-Basin-workshop-maps.pdf          

As always, the emphasis is on informal displays and discussion about archaeology of the region, both sides of the border.  If you need table space, please email Clarence Surette at clsurett@lakeheadu.ca (always good to let folks know ahead of time).  Same for posters or, if anyone has an unquenchable urge, presentations (powerpoint or otherwise). 

Clarence is also hosting the lithic exchange; bring some rock to share (with tags listing provenience) and bags. Questions on the venue?  Email Scott Hamilton at shamilto@lakeheadu.ca

Tapping History

On Monday, March 12, as part of the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society’s ‘Tapping History’ series the folks from Maritime Heritage Minnesota (MHM) will give a presentation on Lake Minnetonka nautical archaeology and maritime history at the Excelsior Brewing Company (421 Third Street, Excelsior, MN).  MHM has been conducting studies in Lake Minnetonka to identify, document, preserve, and conserve wrecks and other submerged cultural resources on the lake bottom.  The presentation starts at 7:00 pm with doors opening at 6 pm, with limited seating, first come first served.

Lithic Materials Workshop Update

A preliminary schedule for the lithic materials workshop has been created.  There may be minor adjustments, but the dates and starting times should not change.  The event starts at 1 pm on Friday March 2 goes to 5 pm and then opens again at 9 am on Saturday morning.  Follow this link to the preliminary schedule and check back for any updates or changes.  http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Lithic-Workshop-Schedule.pdf

Hill-Lewis Award reinstated

The Minnesota Archaeological Society (MAS) has put out a Call for nominations for the Hill – Lewis Award which recognizes excellence in avocational archaeology.

The Hill – Lewis Award, which was originally instituted by the Institute for Minnesota Archaeology, is given annually to a living avocational archaeologist who has made outstanding contributions to Minnesota archaeology.   The Minnesota Archaeological Society  is now seeking nominations for the 2018 Hill – Lewis Award.  Please forward your nomination to Dan Wendt, MAS President at Wendt001@gmail.com.  The 2018 submission deadline is February 1st

Nominees for the award should have made important contributions to our knowledge of Minnesota archaeology (prehistoric or historic) through original research or publication, collaboration with professional archaeologists, public outreach, or exceptional K – 12 teaching. 

Note that nominees do not have to be members of the Minnesota Archaeological Society.

Nominators should submit a nomination letter detailing the nominee and their accomplishments, as well as at least one letter of support for the nomination.  The Hill – Lewis Award will be awarded at the Minnesota Archaeological Society Annual Meeting in April.

The Hill – Lewis Award epitomizes the MAS goals of increasing public involvement in archaeology and in promoting the stewardship of the unique and irreplaceable archaeological record of Minnesota.