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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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 email@example.com.
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
The 2018 Lithic Material Workshop will be held Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3, 2018 at the Historic Fort Snelling Visitor Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. It will be a free two day event including the opportunity to present posters and/or papers on the subject of lithic materials and identification. The workshop is meant to be a relatively informal gathering with plenty of time for professional and avocational archaeologists to visit and share lithic samples and artifacts. The event is open to all interested individuals. Add it to your calendar. This link will take you to an initial announcement and call for papers and posters and contact information: http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Announcement-call-for-papers.pdf
I recently received notification of two Requests for Proposals for artifact analyses related to Fort Snelling (21HE0099) and the surrounding area. These are funded by an Underrepresented Communities Grant from the National Park Service (federal Historic Preservation Fund), and are part of a larger project to update the National Register of Historic Places documentation for the Fort Snelling Historic District.
One project is for analysis of Precontact artifacts in the curated collections from Fort Snelling and Mendota. The other is for an assessment of the historical archaeology of African American presence and slavery at Fort Snelling.
There is a tight timeframe for the projects. Proposals are due (by email) on Nov 20. The projects must be complete by the end of February, 2018. Both are relatively small projects. The work would need to be conducted at the Minnesota Historical Society, probably at the Fort Snelling History Center. Here is the link for the Precontact RFP: http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Fort-Snelling-Precontact-Archaeology-RFP.pdf and here is the link for the assessment of African American presence and slavery RFP: http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Fort-Snelling-African-American-Archaeology-RFP.pdf
On Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 1 pm at the Pope County Museum in Glenwood, Minnesota, archaeologists working on the Pope County Archaeological Survey will talk about their current survey project, present preliminary results, and outline future plans. The presentation entitled “Archaeology of Pope County Presentation and Artifact Identification” will be presented by archaeologists from Archaeo-Physics LLC, including Dave Maki, Sigrid Arnott, and Kent Bakken. They will discuss the different methods they use, from field walking to ground penetrating radar, and about how artifacts are “de-coded” to help paint a picture of life in Pope County over the last 13,000 years. The archaeologists will also discuss previous archaeological work in the county beginning in the 1880s, the kinds of archaeological sites that have been found across the county, and what these sites can tell us.
The talk will be followed by an artifact identification workshop. Residents are invited to bring artifacts they have found, and project archaeologists will provide information on the age, function and historical contexts of the objects. For more information check out the Pope County Museum web site at: https://popecountymuseum.wordpress.com/
The Monday August 28, 2017 issue of the Minnesota State Register (Volume 42, Number 9) carries an announcement of a Request for Proposals funded through the Legacy Amendment’s Statewide Survey of Historic and Archaeological Sites. This project is an archaeological survey of Wadena County. Proposals are due on September 21st.
To learn more you can find the Minnesota State Register at https://mn.gov/admin/assets/SR42_9%20-%20Accessible_tcm36-309361.pdf. The RFP is on page 266 of this issue.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Anna Morrow at email@example.com . They can also be reached by mail at The Minnesota Archaeological Society, Fort Snelling History Center, 200 Tower Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55111.
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.
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