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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.
November, December 2013 Letter from the President - Continued
The Pipestone Occasional Publication and the Legacy Grant
You should all have received your copies of our recent Legacy-funded volume The Red Pipestone Quarry of
Minnesota: Archaeological and Historical Reports, Second Revised Edition, from Alan Woolworth and Prairie
Smoke Press. The Minnesota Historical Society has now informed us that the supporting grant is closed and
that they are pleased with the work. Our many thanks to their funding opportunity and to Alan and Charlie
Bailey of Prairie Smoke Press for all their hard work on a significant contribution to Upper Midwest material
culture study. The Press was assisted with this important work by MnArch Editor Kent Bakken and Board
Members Deborah Schoenholz and Anna Morrow.
From our Managing Editor, Kent Bakken: “All galley proofs have been reviewed by the authors and
forwarded to the printer with any additional corrections. The corrections have been set and this weekend the
volume galley was sent to me to proof. Our new MnArch volunteer Dawn Murphy is comparing the volume
galley to the marked up author galley to ensure that all the changes were made. I'll also be reviewing the
volume galley this week, and I hope we can have it back to the printer by the weekend or shortly thereafter.
Any changes from this review should be minimal.” We should be sending it to the printer shortly and plan for
the 2013 volume of The Minnesota Archaeologist to be in the mail to members in January.
“THE GREATEST LESSON THAT ARCHAEOLOGY CAN TEACH IS ONE THAT PEOPLE CAN NOT,
OR REFUSE TO LEARN. i.e. SOCIETIESAL COLLAPSE IS DIRECTLY RELATED TO POPULATION
DEMANDS ON THE RESOURCES OF ANY GIVEN ENVIRONMENT”. (Unknown)
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