If you are looking for something to do this weekend and the snow doesn’t get too deep, the Gopher State Archaeological Society will host its annual Spring Artifact Show at the Clarion Inn in Rochester, Minnesota on Sunday, April 17, from 9 am to 3 pm. The Clarion Inn is located at 1630 South Broadway. There is a nominal admission fee.
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.
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”
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.
The final program for the CMA Conference this Friday February 18th and Saturday, February 19th has been released. A couple of minor changes, one of the papers has been cancelled and another has been changed to a poster session. No changes in paper order or scheduling.
Last night, Wednesday, February 9, 2011, TPT’s Almanac @ the Capitol featured a segment on the archaeological excavations at the historic Agate Bay townsite which is located near Two Harbors, Minnesota. They speak with State Archaeologist Scott Anfinson and Minnesota Historical Society archaeologist Tim Tumberg who is in charge of the project. The feature is near the end of the episode. To view this episode click on this link.