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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.
Spring 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 Treasure Needed:
During the February meeting of the Board of Directors, Paul Schoenhotz announced his resignation as Treasurer of the
Minnesota Archaeological Society, effective in April 2015. Paul has provided an outstanding performance of duties since
the resignation of our previous Treasurer Paul Mielke. His insight on financial matters and business acumen has provided
extremely good direction for decisions made during his tenure. I, for one, will miss Paul.
The by-laws of MAS require that “in the absence of a Treasurer, all materials will be turned over to the Secretary.”
Although this is a good policy and a reasonable safeguard, it does put undue responsibility on the Secretary, who is
already busy with her own duties.
In the Winter Newsletter of 2014 I reported that talks had begun on a partnership between TPT and the Society to
produce a video, “Scientific Minnesota Archaeology: What We Know and How We Know It” (a suggested title). Since the
initial talks, board member Jeremy Nienow has been communicating with Tom Trow from TPT and has presented the
Board with a project proposal that Tom has put together. Briefly, MAS. and TPT. would collaborate on a 30-minute DVD,
high definition video, with closed-captions, about how scientific research is done using archaeological projects as
examples. The video would be aired on TPT and would be promoted on the air and in their magazine and could be further
distributed to classrooms for educational purposes. As the fiscal agent for the Legacy grant funds to be sought for this
project, MAS would own the rights. Watch for further developments as we pursue this conversation.
Nifty Quotes: “There are things that money just can’t buy, like manners, morals, and common sense.” (Unknown)
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