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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 Archaeological Conference. - 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.
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Fall 2017 -  Letter from the President                                                                                                                             
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The letter from the President is intended as a vehicle to inform the general membership of the Minnesota Archaeological Society of recent Board of Directors activities. The following is a brief recap of the events, discussions, and decisions that transpired during the past quarter. Summer and Fall Events: We are excited to report progress on our video project entitled “Critical Thinking and Science in Minnesota Archaeology”.  We are honored to partner with Twin Cities Public Television on the script and video production.  The project is being funded by a Minnesota Legacy Grant.  Our intent is to develop programming that highlights how the scientific process is used in Minnesota Archaeology. Jeremy Neinow is doing a marvelous job as Project Manager keeping the project on schedule and moving forward. We have conducted five interviews with Minnesota Archaeologists including: Mike Michlovic (Professor Emeritus Moorehead State University), David Mather (State Historic Preservation Officer), Scott Anfinsen (former State Archaeologist), Amanda Gronhovd (current State Archaeologist) and Jasmine Koncur (Science Museum of Minnesota).  We are looking forward to bringing their discussion of Minnesota Archaeology to the public through a variety of forums.       Summer is a time for flintknapping gatherings called knap-ins.  In June MAS Members participated in activities at the Pine City Fur Post. In July we joined other knappers at the Hairy Mosquito knap-in in Milaca. It is amazing to see the variety of creative techniques employed by modern flintknappers in an effort to reproduce stone artifacts made in the past in Minnesota. September is Archaeology Month and a variety of activities have been scheduled around the state through the Office of the State Archaeologists.  MAS will participate in some key activities at the Archaeology Fair at Fort Snelling State Park on September 9th and 10th.  MAS will also support Archaeology Day at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park on September 30th.   Board Changes:  We have had some changes to the Minnesota Archaeological Society Board since our Annual Meeting last spring. Amy Ollila is stepping off the board to pursue graduate school in Scotland. Thank you to Amy for her energy and enthusiasm for Minnesota Archaeology and arranging our participation in the Science Museum, Social Science program.  In August Jasmine Koncur joined our MAS Board.  Jasmin is a Research Archaeologist with the Science Museum of Minnesota.  MAS Goals: The Board has set goals for the coming year of catching up on our Minnesota Archaeologist publication schedule, make better use of our web and Facebook sites, plan a calendar of outreach opportunities and expand membership.  Erratum: In our last issue of the MAS Newsletter we published a tribute to Doug Birk which contained two errors. Doug graduated in 1961, not 1962 and during his tour of duty in Vietnam, he served in the ASA (Army Security Agency) and did not use his Portuguese language there.  Prior to Vietnam, he did use his Portuguese in the Panama Canal Zone for a three month tour.    Visit us on Facebook Dan Wendt: President Announcement: MAS 2018 Hill - Lewis Award Nominations