Upcoming Events

Hope you all survived the holidays, here are some events to add to your calendar for this year.

On February 13 and 14 the Council for Minnesota Archaeology will hold is biennial conference at the Atwood Memorial Center on the St. Cloud State University campus.  Plans to this point include a mixer on Friday evening at the Stearns History Museum from 5 to 8 pm with snacks and refreshments.  Artifact collections from the 19th Century Little Elk River Mission and Shoemaker sites and from the precontact Knife Lake sites will be on display.  There will also be a rock swap of lithic samples.   On both Friday (13) and Saturday (14) the paper and poster sessions will be held at the Atwood Memorial Center on campus.  A final schedule will soon follow.  If you have questions you can contact Mark Muniz at mpmuniz@stcloudstate.edu   When the final schedule is available it will be posted on this site.

The 2015 Lake Superior Basin Workshop (LSBW) will be held on Friday/Saturday March 20 and 21 at Grand Portage National Monument.  The LSBW has a long tradition of informal displays and discussions of archaeological interest.  The attached flier has more information and a map; to reserve tables for displays or other information, contact Bill Clayton at william_j_clayton@nps.gov or by phone to 218-475-0123.

And finally the Office of the State Archaeologist has announced the dates for Minnesota Archaeology Week, 2015 as September 12 – 20, 2015.

Minnesota Archaeology Week 2013

The Office of the State Archaeologist has announced Saturday, September 14th through Sunday September 22nd as the dates for Minnesota Archaeology Week 2013.  Be sure and add it to your calendars.  For those of you who wish to participate by organizing or hosting an event contact the Office of the State Archeologist at mn.osa@state.mn.us


I was told by my web guru that I was remiss in downloading some upgrades to programs and no one who subscribes to my blog was notified of the last couple of entries.  That should be corrected now.  So check out the previous couple of entries.   One is on the Legacy Project reports available on the Office of the State Archaeologist  website and the other on a program sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America-Minnesota Chapter this coming Thursday, Feb. 2, taking place at Macalster College. 

For those of you who do long range planning, this week the Office of the State sent out a notice saying that they are shifting Minnesota Archaeology Week to the fall season this year in order to encourage more participation and avoid the inclement weather that has been plaguing the springtime events the last couple of years.  Minnesota Archaeology Week will be held September 8th through the 16th, 2012.

Red Wing Archaeology

Dr. Ron Schirmer gave a lecture at the Anderson Center in Red Wing last Tuesday night.  The lecture was a Minnesota Archeology Week event.  Schirmer gave a summary of what had been accomplished bylast year’s (2010) Minnesota State University-Mankato Field School at the Red Wing Locality and the research goals for this year’s field school.  All of the archaeology that has taken place around Red Wing has focused on the large habitation and mound groups in the area.  Work at sites like Silvernale, Bryan, Energy Park, and Adams have looked at the Mississippian Period occupants of these sites, but the study of these people has raised questions about where they came from and what happened to them?  The Red Wing Locality was intensely occupied by Mississippian peoples for a relatively short time.  Are these Mississippian inhabitants local Woodland people who adopted some of the Mississippian traits of their neighbors to the southeast?   And given their relatively short occupation, probably only a couple of generations, where did they go? Continue reading “Red Wing Archaeology”

2011 Elden Johnson Distinguished Lecture

Tonight, (Wednesday, May 11) Dr. Scott Anfinson, State Archaeologist, will present the 2011 Elden Johnson Distinguished Lecture entitled “What Elden Didn’t Know:  Recent Advances in Minnesota Archaeology”.  Elden Johnson, an archaeologist, a professor at the University of Minnesota and a former State Archaeologist was one of the instigators of Minnesota Archaeology Week and a founder of the Council for Minnesota Archaeology, which organizes this event each year.  Anfinson was one of Elden’s students.  Dr. Anfinson will speak about the new developments in Minnesota archaeology since Elden’s tenure as an educator and State Archaeologist.  The talk will examine Elden’s contributions from his 40 years of Minnesota archaeology and the technological advancement and archaeological discoveries of the last 20 years that may have changed his perspectives and research interests.   Come and see this well illustrated and interesting lecture. 

There will be a public reception prior to the event beginning at 6:30 pm at Room 1-147 in the Carlson School of Management Building at the University of Minnesota West Bank Campus with the Lecture to follow.  This link will take you to a flyer for the event.