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Legacy Project Reports

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CCC report Legacy Project ReportsThe Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA) has recently made a couple of additional Legacy funded project reports available for download.  The first is titled MINNESOTA’S CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS CAMPS AND CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS-INDIAN DIVISION CAMPS AS ARCHAEOLOGICAL PROPERTIES: REPORT OF DATABASE DEVELOPMENT, CAMP DOCUMENTATION, NATIONAL REGISTER ELIGIBILITY CONSIDERATIONS, AND PROPOSED MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES and was completed by the Commonwealth Cultural Resources Group, Inc. (CCRG).  CCRG developed historic contexts, visited and documented 10 Civilian Conservation Corps camps, and then developed proposed strategies for camp documentation, evaluation, preservation and interpretation.  Click here to download.

The second report, ON THE PERIPHERY?: ARCHEOLOGICAL West Central MN Woodland Report Legacy Project ReportsINVESTIGATIONS OF THE WOODLAND TRADITION IN WEST-CENTRAL MINNESOTA was prepared by the Archeology Laboratory at Augustana College.  The primary goal of the investigation was to expand the breadth of knowledge concerning west-central Minnesota’s Woodland tradition.  The project conducted limited test excavations at three previously identified Woodland sites and obtained a lakebed sediment core, all in Kandiyohi County.   The study also examined a series of Woodland-period ceramic collections from both the west-central Minnesota study area and the broader region.  Results of the study suggest that the occupants of west-central Minnesota during the Woodland period had closer ties to peoples in eastern, rather than southwestern, Minnesota.  Click here to download.

Both reports are heavily illustrated, however these public versions have been edited to reduce their file size to make them faster to download.  Editing removed some of the appendices and exact site location information.  Complete versions are available from the OSA.

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OSA Updates

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2013 annual report OSA Updates

The Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA) recently posted its Annual Report on Archaeology in Minnesota to their website.  Also added was the annual summary of project reports in the state.  Check them out.

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Minnesota Dugout Canoe Project

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MDCProjectReportcover Minnesota Dugout Canoe Project

The crew at Maritime Heritage Minnesota recently posted their report on radio carbon dating  dugout canoes found in Minnesota.  Wooden dugout canoes were in use from prehistoric times up through the contact era.  Since most dugouts have been removed from their archaeological context or have few or no diagnostic artifacts recovered with them radio carbon dates are one way to get an idea of their age.  The dates from the 8 canoes investigated ranged from precontact through historic periods.  Check out their well illustrated, interesting, and informative report.  This link will take you to their archive page.

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Paleoamerican Odyssey Conference Overview

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Paleo odysee book Paleoamerican Odyssey Conference OverviewThe Paleoamerican Odyssey conference held in Santa Fe last October featured a series of talks by researches from around the world focusing on the search for the First Americans.  The Minnesota Office of the State Archaeologist will host a lecture at the Historic Fort Snelling visitor center on Thursday evening March 20, 2014 beginning at 6:30 pm where two of the conference participants will summarizes the conference highlights. The event is free and open to the public.

“Adventures in Santa Fe:  The Paleoamerican Odyssey Conference” by Susan C. Mulholland and Stephen L. Mulholland.

The 37 papers presented during the main sessions were complemented by concurrent poster sessions, workshops, papers in the evening, and, most exciting, a display of artifacts from many of the pre-Clovis sites as well as Clovis, Folsom, and other Early Paleoindian sites.  This presentation will focus on the displays of pre-Clovis sites, photographed through the cases (sorry about that) with commentary derived from the presented papers, posters, and associated published articles.  There will be time for questions and answers following the presentation.

The full list of posters presented at the conference is available on-line at http://paleoamericanodyssey.com  The companion book for the conference contains 31 of the 37 presented papers and is available through the Center for the Study of the First Americans at Texas A&M University.  (There is a link to order the book on the Paleoamerican Odyssey web page.)

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The Minnesota Archaeologist

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MnArch 2013 The Minnesota Archaeologist

The latest issue of The Minnesota Archaeologist (Volume 72, 2013) has been published and mailed.  There are three articles on the Knife Lake siltstone quarry district in northern Minnesota and another about a multicomponent site in Roseau County.  There is an overview of the current status of underwater archaeology in Minnesota and a review of archeological sites recently listed to the National Register of Historic Places.  This issue also includes Part 1 of a history of Minnesota archaeology.  If you would like a copy of the publication contact the Minnesota Archaeological Society.   Click here to view the index for this volume.

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Latest Legacy Project Reports

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The OSA has posted reports from two of the latest legacy funded archaeology Ruins web Latest Legacy Project Reportsprojects on to its web page.  These are Documenting Minnesota’s Nineteenth-Century Masonry Ruins by Two Pines Resource Group, LLC and Evaluating Minnesota’s Historic Dams a Framework for Management completed by Archaeo-Physics, LLC.  The objectives of the masonry ruins study were to create an inventory of nineteenth-century masonry ruins in Minnesota, to develop a framework for evaluating their NRHP eligibility, and to develop strategies for their stabilization, management and interpretation.  The Dam web Latest Legacy Project Reportshistoric dam study was charged similarly with creating an inventory of known historic dams, developing a contextual framework for evaluating and interpreting the historical significance of these properties and to suggest strategies for their documentation.

Both are well illustrated and informative documents and will be useful for cultural resource managers and those interested in interpreting these types of historic properties in Minnesota.