Continuing MAM Events

Minnesota Archaeology Month (MAM) continues this weekend with a couple of events in the Little Falls area.  Tonight (9/15/2017) Jim Cummings will present a program on the archaeology in Minnesota’s State Parks as part of the Morrison County Historical Society annual meeting.  On Saturday as part of the Camp Ripley Open House Patrick Neumann provide a display about the archaeology within the military reserve along with demonstrations on how artifacts were made and used.

Also on Saturday (9/16/2017) at the McLeod County Historical Museum in Hutchinson the folks from Maritime Heritage Minnesota will present a program on dugout canoes that have been found in Minnesota.  The presentation will focus on the dugout canoe in the museum there in Hutchinson.


That same Saturday the Sidewalk Bar & Grill in West Union will be the location for a presentation by David Mather of the Minnesota Historic Preservation Office on the Sauk Valley Man who was discovered nearby in 1938.  David’s discussion will focus on how interpretation of this site has changed through time.

For additional information about these and other events happening during Minnesota Archaeology Month this September you can download an event schedule here:

http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2017-events.pdf

Upcoming Archaeology Events

There are a number of archaeology related events happening this coming weekend September 9 and 10, 2017.   The 15th Annual Minnesota Archeology Fair will be taking place at the Fort Snelling State Park Visitor Center both Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm.  The Fair will include a variety of poster and artifact displays, demonstrations and activities illustrating and explaining the archaeology of Minnesota. There will be artifact identification, an atlatl toss and demonstrations of pottery-making and flintknapping.  The underwater archeologists from Maritime Heritage Minnesota will also be there with their visual exhibits and video footage from underwater archeological sites in Minnesota, ask questions of the only underwater archaeologist in Minnesota.

The Jeffers Petroglyph Site will host an Archaeology Day on Saturday the 9th from 1 to 4 pm.  Visit the Jeffers Petroglyphs site and see symbols and images carved into the stone outcrops by people in past times.  Participate in an ongoing simulated archaeological dig.  Kids can take part in a “Digging for Artifacts” program.

And Whitewater State Park will host their annual Whitewater Valley History and Archaeology Festival on Saturday September 9th from 10 am to 4 pm.  Take a step back in time to learn about the history of the Whitewater Valley.   You will be able to participate in a variety of programs and hands-on activities including atlatl throwing, archery, cane pole fishing, old time tools and more.  

For additional information about these and other events happening during Minnesota Archaeology Month this September you can download an event schedule here:  http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2017-events.pdf

Minnesota Archaeology Month

This year the Minnesota Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA) has decided to expand Minnesota Archaeology Week to Minnesota Archaeology Month.   In an effort to allow event hosts more latitude in scheduling events to just a single week it was decided to expand the celebration to a month long event, hopefully encouraging more participation.  The first Minnesota Archaeology Month will be September, 2017.  If you have an archaeology related event happening during September that you would like to OSA to help publicize contact the OSA through their web site at https://mn.gov/admin/archaeologist/  or bruce.koenen@state.mn.us

Arrowheads and Stone Tools


The annual flintknapping event at the Northwest Company Fur Post at Pine City will be held Friday, June 23 from noon to 4 pm and Saturday June 24 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/719

Minnesota Archeologist, Volume 74

The latest issue of the Minnesota Archeologist (Volume 74) has been published. Articles include the third installment of the history of Minnesota archaeology by Guy Gibbon and Scott Anfinson focusing on the period of the 1970s to 2015 looking at cultural resource management archaeology. David Maki, Sigrid Arnott and Michael Bergervoet examine the relationship between burial mound locations and the geophysical evidence for lightning strikes. Jack Steinbring presents some optically stimulated luminescence dates from the Hensler Petroglyph site in east-central Wisconsin suggesting that some of the glyphs date to before 10,000 BP. A multi-component Woodland site in southeastern Minnesota excavated in 1997 by the MnDNR Division of Trails and Waterways, 21HU0167, is reported on by Timothy Tumberg. Dan Wendt and Mark Doperalski assess the limits of raw material analysis and identification by archaeologists in Minnesota, discussing how they are doing and means of improvement. Kent Bakken documents a biface cache from Todd County, Minnesota consisting of 12 minimally worked bifaces made of non-local materials, specifically Mayes Creek Chert and Burlington Chert. Plant microfossils (starch granules and phytoliths) were examined by Alexandra Burchill and Mathew Boyd to provide a better understanding of the plant foods utilized by the Initial Woodland inhabitants of northern Minnesota. Mathew Mattson discusses using traditionally available tools and methods to work raw copper obtained from glacial drift to produce copper tools consistent with archaeologically recovered specimens. David Mather continues his series on Minnesota archaeological sites recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places including two American Indian earthwork sites, an historic stagecoach road and associated archaeological sites, and a multicomponent habitation/mound site in a national forest. The issue concludes with an article in memory of Herb Wright and his contributions to archaeology authored by Scott Anfinson.

Follow this link to see the table of contents http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Volume-74.pdf . If you would like to order a copy contact the Minnesota Archaeological Society. You can email Kent Bakken at bakk0029@umn.edu or Anna Morrow at anmorrow@q.com . They can also be reached by mail at The Minnesota Archaeological Society, Fort Snelling History Center, 200 Tower Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55111.

Gopher State Artifact Show

The 2017 Gopher State artifact show will be held this coming Saturday March 25 from 9am to 3pm at the Steele County History Center, Owatonna, Minnesota, located at 1448 Austin Road, on the southeast corner of the Steele County Fair Grounds.  This year the Science Museum of MN will be at the show to promote the archaeological survey of Dakota County, so any one with artifacts from Dakota County is encouraged to bring them to the show.  The event is open to the public and offers an opportunity to see the regions private artifact collections.

 

Recent Losses

The archaeological community was saddened by the recent passing of two long time Minnesota archaeologists.  Doug Birk whose work focused on the European Colonial period in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.  Doug was an expert on the fur trade and early European exploration.   And Steven Mulholland who focused on northern Minnesota archaeology.  Steve’s expertise was in lithic analysis and toolstone identification, particularly in northeastern Minnesota.  Steve was also a recent past president of the Council for Minnesota Archaeology.  A copy of Doug’s obituary can be found here: http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Birk-obituary-web.pdf   A copy of Steve’s obituary here:  http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Stephen-Obiturary-web.pdf  

Our condolences to their families.

2017 Lake Superior Basin Conference

The annual Lake Superior Basin Workshop will be held March 17 and 18, 2017 in the Heritage Center at Grand Portage National Monument (https://www.nps.gov/grpo/index.htm ).  The address is 170 Mile Creek Road, Grand Portage, Minnesota.  The event will run from 9 am to 5 pm both Friday (17) and Saturday (18).  The core of the Workshop is one-on-one or small group discussions on artifacts, sites and other archeological topics.  A congenial atmosphere to share information and ask questions.  The event is free and open to the public. Download the event flyer here:  http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2017-Sup-workshop.pdf

CMA 2017 Conference Program

The Council for Minnesota Archeology Conference program has been released.  The Conference is being held later this week, February 24 and February 25, 2017 at Anderson Center, on Hamline University. 

Follow this link for a copy of the schedule. http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/2017-CMA-Conference-program-web.pdf