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Welcome to the new website for the Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA)! Take a look around and be sure to let us know your feedback using the feedback button below.

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Discover Archaeological Sites and Museums

Minnesota archaeology is all around us. There are numerous sites and museums across Minnesota that you can visit to immerse yourself in archaeology. 

Check out our Visiting Sites and Museums page to learn more and plan an archaeological adventure.


Who is the State Archaeologist?

Curious about who the state archaeologist is and what they do? Our About Us page will connect you to all the info you seek. 

Read about current and past state archaeologists, the duties of the position, archaeological laws and statutes, and more.

For Government

The Office of the State Archaeologist is one of many governmental organizations with a role to play in protecting Minnesota's archaeological resources. Discover all the roles, responsibilities, and procedures here.

For Professional Archaeologists

Minnesota's archaeological professionals work in close cooperation with the state archaeologist. Read about professional obligations and survey requirements, apply for a license, access research, and more.

For the Public

The state archaeologist is the chief public contact for archaeology in Minnesota. Learn more about the world of Minnesota archaeology and how the state archaeologist serves the people of Minnesota.

For Educators

Included in the state archaeologist's role is an obligation to promote archaeological education. Explore educational resources for students, teachers, and all those who wish to learn about Minnesota archaeology.