Make like Indiana Jones and check out Minnesota archaeology week

Minnesota Archaeology Week is September  8 – 16
Fun events throughout the state highlight the role of archaeology in fostering better understanding and appreciation of Minnesota’s cultural heritage.

ST. PAUL – Minnesotans have a great opportunity to tour ancient rock carvings, craft arrowheads and axes, and celebrate  a 19th-Century Voyageur trading festival as part of  Minnesota Archaeology Week. These are just a few of the more than 15 events and activities that will be hosted at locations throughout the state September 8 through 16.

The week kicks-off with the Minnesota Archaeology Fair at Fort Snelling State Park. The two-day event will include a variety of activities that illustrate and explain Minnesota archaeology including poster and artifact displays, demonstrations of flint-knapping and pottery-making, and canoe rides. The fair is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 8 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 9.

Archaeology Week is a statewide event with fairs, open houses, festivals and programs happening throughout the state. A comprehensive list of events and additional information is available at All Archaeology Week events are open to the public and are free of charge, though in some cases there are associated site admission fees.

Following are two of the events planned for our region:

Pine City
Fall Gathering: Festival of the Voyageur
Celebrate a 19th-Century fall gathering as hundreds of re-enactors
portraying Ojibwe, voyageurs and fur traders prepare for winter trading
along the Snake River. The event includes fur trade contests,
competitions, shopping and hands-on children’s activities.
Date: Saturday, September 15, 10 am – 9 pm and
Sunday, September 16, 12 – 4 pm
Sponsor: North West Company Fur Post
Location: North West Company Fur Post, 1.5 miles west of
I-35, at Pine City exit 169
Contact: Site Interpretive Center at 320-629-6356
Note: There is an admission fee to the site.

Boulder Lake Reservoir
Artifact Displays and Avocational Archaeology Program
Local avocationals will display artifacts collected from the Reservoir
Lakes. Most of the sites within the reservoir basins have eroded since
the reservoirs were constructed around 100 years ago and the private
collections are the best records of those sites. Archaeologists will be on
hand to identify artifacts and discuss local archaeology, including a
program to record collections and recognize the contributions of private
Date: Sunday, September 16, 1-3 pm
Sponsor: Minnesota Power
Location: Boulder Lake Environmental Center, 7328 Boulder
Dam Road. 218-721-3731
Contact: Sue Mulholland at 218-624-5489
Note: The event is free and open to the public.

Minnesota Archaeology Week has been held annually since 1995 with the goal of promoting interest in archaeology and an appreciation of the state’s diverse cultural heritage. The Office of State Archaeologist is the main sponsor of Archaeology Week, with additional sponsorship support coming from the Council for Minnesota Archaeology, the Minnesota Historical Society, the Minnesota Archaeological Society, the State Historic Preservation Office, the University of Minnesota, and a number of local state parks, archaeological societies and other partners.


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