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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. Legacy Grant Update:  We have completed phase one of our video project entitled “Critical Thinking and Science in Minnesota Archaeology”.  We have partnered with Twin Cities Public Television to complete the work funded by a Minnesota Legacy Grant.  Jeremy Neinow has done a marvelous job as Project Manager keeping the project on schedule and completing phase on time and on budget.  We have conducted five video interviews and three audio interviews that were used to develop a preliminary script.  We have several extended video interviews with prominent Minnesota Archaeologists that are a time capsule of a generational change in Minnesota Archaeology.  We hope to use these interviews in a variety of ways including selecting segments for upload to our web site.               Phase two of the project will start late in 2018 assuming we get continued funding from the next Legacy funding cycle.  Our intent will be to complete a 30 minute video that highlights how the scientific process is used in Minnesota Archaeology.  The program will be organized in three 10 minute segments that can be used in education.   The first segment highlights Minnesota’s rich archaeological record.  The second phase discusses how science and critical thinking is used to build understanding of Minnesota’s history through an archaeological approach.   The third segment focusses how critical thinking can be applied to recognize pseudohistory and pseudoscience when they occur in popular media.   The video will take a critical look at the Kensington stone.     Fall and Winter Events:  This fall we participated in Archaeology Month activities that occurred around the state.  MAS participated in the Archaeology Fair at Fort Snelling State Park on September 9th and 10th.  MAS also supported Archaeology Day at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park on September 30th.  We were involved in flint knapping, lithic material sourcing and providing information on our organization. We are looking forward to the return of the biannual Lithic Conference which will occur March 2nd and 3rd at the Fort Snelling Archaeology offices.  This will be the fifth lithic conference that has brought together researchers and an interested community from across the Midwest and Canada.  Lithic sourcing needs to be understood at this scale because a variety of natural and human processes moved lithic materials around the central continent. Understanding the story represented by a lithic artifact starts with a prerequisite of where this material occurs in bedrock and what were the processes that might have moved the stone to Minnesota.  We have participated in the growth of a collaborative network that together we can get at some of the answers. Board Changes:  We have had a goal to get a new generation involved in the board of the Minnesota Archaeological Society.  In October we added Mara Taft and Mandy Winheiser who are both Research Archaeologists with the Science Museum of Minnesota.    Visit us on Facebook Dan Wendt: President Announcement: MAS 2018 Hill - Lewis Award Nominations