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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.
Winter 2015 Letter from the President
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.
New Board Members:
During the December meeting, Jake Foss was elected to the Board of Directors. Please join me in welcoming Jake to the
Board. He is an archaeologist for the Minnesota Historical Society’s Minnesota State Parks and Trails Cultural Resource
Management Program, where he works to identify, document, interpret, and protect archaeological sites and historical
properties within state parks. Jake has worked as an archaeologist for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, the Michigan
Office of the State Archaeologist, and for several private contracting firms in the Upper Midwest, Rocky Mountains, and
Great Plains. He holds a MA in Anthropology from Michigan State University, where he wrote a thesis comparing lithic
technology at two prehistoric pueblos in central New Mexico. His research interests include lithic analysis, Upper Great
Lakes prehistory, and the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in archaeological research and cultural
In a recent review of the by-laws of the Minnesota Archaeological Society it was found and noted that
“ARTICLE V – ELECTIVE AND APPOINTIVE OFFICERS AND COMMITEES - Section 4:
A special audit committee shall be designated by the presidentwith approval of the Board of Directors. This committee
shall consits of a minimum of two members. This committee shall consits of non-Board members.
We have been without an audit committee for some time. In an attempt to rectify this, an ad was posted in the last
newsletter asking for volunteers, resulting in volunteer Robert Hensley, who in a business lawyer at Dorsey & Whitney in
Minneapolis, He has undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Psychology from Austin College and is a
graduate of Baylor Law School. He has served on the Board of Directors of a number of local organizations, including
Minnesota Landmarks, the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, Steppingstone Theater, the Jungle Theater, the Minnesota Arts
Council, Boy Scout Troop 424, and the Shorewood Parks Commission. He is an avid cyclist, skier, archer, and triathlete,
and has a long held avocational interest in archaeology and history. Our many thanks to Robert for stepping up to this
task, and we are still seeking an additional audit committee member. Those interested please contact me at the address
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