Minnesota Archaeology Month

September is Minnesota Archaeology Month.  The mission of Minnesota Archaeology Month (MAM) is to promote interest in archaeology and the role it plays in understanding the state’s rich cultural heritage.  The goals of Minnesota Archaeology Month are to encourage public participation in archaeology; stewardship of archaeological sites; communication among professional and avocational archaeologists; and the sharing archaeological knowledge with the general public.  There are archaeology related events scheduled throughout the month and across the State.  Check out the calendar of events to see what’s happening and participate in celebrating Minnesota’s archaeology.  The calendar 0f events can be found at:  http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Minnesota-Archaeology-Month-field-notes.pdf

Note that the Archaeology Fair which has been held at Ft. Snelling State Park every year for the past 16 years has been cancelled due to the continuing closure of the park while undergoing repairs from flood damage to  the park this spring.  A great alternative is the Archaeology Day at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park held on September 28.

Minnesota Archaeology Month

September is Minnesota Archaeology Month.  Each year the Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA) compiles a calendar of events which is then posted on the OSA web site:  https://mn.gov/admin/archaeologist/   If you are considering sponsoring, organizing, hosting, or leading an event during the month check out the these downloads for more information as to how to participate and get your event listed on the OSA calendar.

http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/2019-events-cover-letter.pdf

http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/MAM-2019-events-solicitation-form.pdf

Minnesota Archaeology Month

September is Minnesota Archaeology Month with archeology related events happening all across the state.  Check out the Calendar of Events at http://mnfieldnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/2018-calendar-print-version.pdf  to see what is scheduled. Be sure and check back regularly to see if additional events have been added.

 

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

Minnesota Archaeology Week 2015

The Minnesota Office of the State Archeologist has posted the calendar of events for Minnesota Archaeology Week September 12 – 20, 2015.   Follow this link. The calendar is updated as new events are received or if there is a change to those previously listed so check it regularly.  You can also download a PDF version of the Minnesota Archaeology Week poster here.

Archaeology at the Wood Lake Battlefield

Archaeological work to be completed at the Wood Lake Battlefield by Sigrid Arnott Consulting, LLC for the Wood Lake Battlefield Preservation Association will be the subject of a one-day public archaeology event to be held on the site September 12, 2015 from 1 to 5 pm.  The study plans to identify archaeological features, recover archaeological artifacts, and interpret the findings within the context of the larger Wood Lake Battlefield historic site.  The study will rely heavily on state-of-the-art non-invasive methods including: analysis of aerial laser scanning data to model terrain elements in 3-D, forensic analysis of ballistics, systematic metal detection and mapping of buried artifacts and features identified using subsurface geophysical methods.  During the event Dr. Douglas Scott will discuss conflict archaeology and demonstrations of the high-technology archaeological methods used during the survey will be conducted.  For additional information and directions follow this link.