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Welcome to the Minnesota Archaeological Society Website!
The Minnesota Archaeological Society (MAS) invites you to share with us exciting discoveries from
Minnesota's past. The Society, established in 1936, is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to
the preservation and study of archaeological resources in the Upper Midwest. All persons with an
interest in archaeology - those just beginning to explore the field as well as avocational archaeologists
and professionals - are welcome.
MAS is a doing organization. Members volunteer their time and energy to participate in Society
programs, helping to protect Minnesota's rich heritage and learning something about themselves in the
process. Society activities include:
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The MAS Thunderbird
Curious about our logo? The inscriptions on the right are from a 1,000-year-old
pot that was discovered in 1957 near Red Wing, Minnesota by an MAS member.
The thunderbird motif is representative of Middle Mississippian iconography.
- Slide lectures on current fieldwork and research in archaeology, anthropology and history. Past
topics have included Minnesota's Old Copper Culture and ethnoarchaeology in East Africa.
- Classes in fieldwork methods and artifact analysis, taught by professional archaeologists from
government and private organizations.
- Opportunities to take part in field projects sponsored by MAS and other Minnesota organizations.
- Field trips to important archaeological sites, such as Jeffers Petroglyphs in western Minnesota and
Effigy Mounds National Park in Iowa.
- Participation in special events such as Minnesota Archaeology Week and the Midwest
- Social events - potluck dinners, brown-bag lunches, informal get-togethers - that allow you to share
your experiences and insights with other members and working archaeologists.
August 2014 Letter from the President - Continued
During the June meeting, Dr. Ron Schirmer, Mankato State University, proposed a joint publication
titled Red Wing, Minnesota Archaeology. Dr. Schirmer provided a draft Table of Contents, with status
notes on each paper already collected, as he has been working on this volume for some time. He is
currently waiting for some authors to complete their drafts. Dr. Schirmer indicated that he has funding
available toward publication costs and was also considering applying for a Legacy grant. The Board of
Directors agreed that we could publish this as an Occasional Publication, and if we do, late 2015
would be the most likely print date.
“There is but one right, and the possibilities of wrong are infinite” (Thomas H. Huxley)
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