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Request for Proposals Wadena County Survey

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Minnesota State Register Volume 42 Number 9 Request for Proposals Wadena County SurveyThe 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.

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Minnesota Archaeology Month Events

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September is Minnesota Archaeology Month.   Follow this link for a list of Minnesota Archaeology Month Events: http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2017-events.pdf

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Minnesota Archaeology Month

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MAMlogo Minnesota Archaeology MonthThis 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

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Cultural Resources Law Conference

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Since this is local I thought some of the regional professional archaeologists and project managers might be interested.  In October of 2017 there will be a cultural resources law conference on Consulting with Tribes on Energy Projects.  This is an opportunity for professionals to learn more about current practices in Tribal Consultation.  It will be held at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minnesota.  Follow this link for the conference web site http://www.cvent.com/events/cultural-resources-law-conference/event-summary-5272d4e4fcd44646af76ecda564528cc.aspx?RefID=from%20www.cle.com or download the brochure here  http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Cultural-Resource-Law-2017.pdf

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Arrowheads and Stone Tools

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flintknapping web 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

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Minnesota Archeologist, Volume 74

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Volume 74 web 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.