Council for Minnesota Archaeology Conference Feb. 24-25, 2017

Council for Minnesota Archaeology Biennial Conference

February 24-25, 2017

Hamline University, St. Paul

The Council for Minnesota Archaeology is soliciting papers or posters to be presented at a two-day symposium on current archaeological research in the Upper Midwest.

Please submit an abstract of no more than 200 words in length to Jeremy Nienow or Pat Emerson. Abstracts are due no later than January 20, 2017. Electronic format is preferred.

Contact: Jeremy L. Nienow (Jeremy.Nienow (at) or Pat Emerson Patricia.Emerson (at)

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Lithic Materials Workshop

The 4th Biennial Lithic Materials Workshop is a two-day informal gathering of professionals and avocationals with an interest in all things lithic (or archeology in general). It is hosted by Augustana’s Archeology Laboratory and the Sioux Falls Chapter of the South Dakota Archaeological Society.

Date: February 19 – February 20, 2016
Times: 1-9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19 and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20
Location: Edith Mortenson Center Theatre, Augustana University
Ticket Info: The event is, as always, free and open to all.

Included, over the two days, will be the following.

  • Paper/Poster Presentations
  • Lithic Exchange
  • Flintknapping Area and Demonstrations
  • Cast and Replica Displays
  • Reception

The Sunday, Feb. 21, Third Sunday Archeology Program will feature Dr. K.C. Carlson of Augustana University, on the topic “Folsom Adaptations to Bison Hunting: A Comparison of Northern and Southern Plains Arroyo Trap Kills” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21, in the Edith Mortenson Center Theatre.

For more information, please visit the link below:

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Metro-Area Historical Society Collaborative – Request for Proposals

Four metro area historical societies (client) are seeking the services of a highly qualified archaeologist (contractor) to complete a study of Alpha Sites in four metro area counties in a process that includes public engagement. For more information and the RFP, please visit the link below:

Request for Proposals, Contact Archaeologist, Metro-Area Historical Society Collaborative

The deadline has been extended to January 18, 2017.

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Minnesota Archaeology Society – Request for Proposals

mas-logoThe Minnesota Archaeological Society has received a Legacy grant to begin the process of creating a documentary video, in cooperation with TPT, called “Digging Critically: Using Science in Minnesota Archaeology.”
Project Overview:
“Digging Critically: Using Science in Minnesota Archaeology”
A Documentary for Public Television
The Minnesota Archaeological Society seeks a qualified consultant to manage a documentary project that highlights the application of science and the scientific method to the study of archaeology in Minnesota. The Project Manager will coordinate project resources, interviews and timing to support in phase one including the completion of a script by TPT- Twin Cities PBS. The purpose of the project is to present interviews with archaeologists and other experts within a documentary about Minnesota archaeology and the role of science.  The documentary will be based on the Phase one work and will be produced by TPT-Twin Cities PBS as Phase two of this project.
Click on the following link for the RFP:
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Minnesota Indian Affairs Council – Request for Proposals

The Minnesota Indian Affairs Council is requesting proposals for the development of an Osteology Laboratory and Repository to carry out its responsibilities under MN Statute 307.08 and Public Law 101-601 the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. Work is anticipated to start after December 14, 2016.

 To get a copy of the Request for Proposals, please visit MIAC’s website: or send a written request, by email, to: Melissa.Cerda (at)

Proposals submitted in response to the Request for Proposals must be received by mail no later than December 21, 2016.  Late proposals will not be considered.  Fax and email proposals will not be considered.

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Minnesota Archaeological Society Annual Meeting

The featured speaker for the Minnesota Archaeological Society‘s 2016 Annual Meeting & Dinner is Dr. Ron Schirmer, archaeologist at Minnesota State University–Mankato. His presentation is “Well, We Dug It All Up…Now What?”

April 22, 2016, 6:30 p.m. at Hamline University.

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2016 Lake Superior Basin Workshop

2016 Lake Superior Basin Workshop

Friday March 18, 12-5pm
Saturday March 19, 9am-5pm
Department of Anthropology, Room BB2002
Lakehead University
Thunderbay, Ontario


  • A special presentation “Developing a Sortable Database for Pottery Rim Sherds” by Bradley G. Hyslop, Friday, March 18 at 7:00pm Room BB0017
  • General Exhibition
  • Lithic Exchange

Free and open to the public

For more information contact
Scott Hamilton, shamilto(at) (807-343-8742)

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2011 CMA Call for Papers/Posters

Farmsteads, Factories, Forts and Frontiers

February 18th and 19th
Inver Hills Community College
Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota

The Council for Minnesota Archaeology solicits papers or posters to be presented at a two-day symposium on current archaeological research in the Upper Midwest. “Farmsteads, Factories, Forts and Frontiers” has been chosen for this year’s theme. Although the main focus of the symposium is Historic in nature, papers on all regional subjects are welcomed from academics, cultural resource management archaeologists and stakeholders, so that we can collectively inform one another in an open, cooperative, environment. Graduate and undergraduate students are especially encouraged to submit papers.  If a sufficient number of student submittals are received, the symposium committee will select one paper/poster to receive a student paper competition award.

Conference Specifics:
Papers: Theoretical, methodological, or data-synthesizing presentations focused on the Midwestern region. This also includes topical subjects based upon completed research. Presented papers should be no more than 20 minutes in length.

Posters/Media Displays: Wall mounted or freestanding exhibits with text and graphics, videotapes, CD/DVD presentations, etc., that illustrate ongoing or completed research projects are encouraged. Posters should be of a reasonable size (not larger than 4’ x 6’). Wall space and tables will be provided; additional electronic equipment needed may be available upon request. Authors are expected to set up their own displays and be present at their display during poster session times, as well as provide their own tabletop displays and mounting supplies.

Deadline: Please submit an abstract no more than 200 words in length. Abstracts are due no later than December 19th, 2010. Electronic format (richtext, Word, or PDF file) is preferred.

Contact Information:
Jeremy L. Nienow (
Pat Emerson (
Bruce Koenen (

Submitters will be notified no later than January 31st of the tentative schedule for their presentations.
Those individuals who submit a final copy of their presented papers (preferably in PDF file format), if interested, will be able to have their paper placed on a CMA Symposium CD which will be created one to two months after the symposium.

Session Schedule: The conference program chairs will group papers into four general sessions organized by time period, material, or topic. Conference on-line abstracts and general session schedules will be available for review by the end of January 2011.
More information about the symposium is available on the CMA website:

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Finding Sauk Valley Man’s Home

Sauk Valley - Excavating Unit 1

One of the things we’d like to do with the CMA blog is to use it for ‘reports from the field’. These postings can be informal and brief. Just send in a quick note about a project, throw in a photo if you have one you want to share, and you’re done. It’s great fun to hear what’s happening in Minnesota archaeology.

As an example, I’d like to report on recent fieldwork at the Sauk Valley Man site (21-TO-01). Dave Mathers (SHPO) along with Jim Jones and Tom Ross (MIAC), myself and a bunch of Hamline students spent a couple days in early May testing some site areas near where the remains known as the ‘Sauk Valley Man’ were found during gravel operations in the 1930s. Very little is known about this Archaic period burial. Our fieldwork is designed to the habitation sites adjacent to the burial. So far, we’ve found lithics and animal bone – so it’s possible we’re excavating remains that are roughly coeval with the burial. Ultimately this information will help David with his National Register nomination of the site, but I like to think that we’re discovering a little of Sauk Valley Man’s life and community. We plan to return for more fieldwork in early August. Volunteers are welcome.

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Welcome to the CMA blog

Welcome to the CMA blog. We plan to use this site as a resource for communication amongst our membership. This blog will contain announcements, CMA meeting minutes, and news items concerning Minnesota archaeology. CMA members are invited to contribute to this blog. You can be given ‘author’ privileges so that you can post directly to the blog, or you can simply send any information you want posted to Brian Hoffman (bhoffman<at>

Of course, since this is a ‘blog’, we encourage everyone (both members and non-members) to contribute by commenting on the posts. We hope this blog will become a place of dialog about Minnesota archaeology. It is a subject that we find fascinating and important. We look forward to discussing new discoveries, old places, and our evolving ideas about Minnesota’s past and the work we do.

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