Contact the State Archaeologist
The Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA) is located at the Fort Snelling History Center. State Archaeologist Amanda Gronhovd and her assistant Bruce Koenen are in the office most week days from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Both are almost always in the office on Mondays when not traveling or doing fieldwork. When they are traveling, they frequently check email and voicemail. If you would like to meet with either Amanda or Bruce, please call or email ahead of time. You may also call or email if you have questions or concerns regarding state archaeology.
Some resources may only be found in the OSA office for practicality or confidentiality reasons. These include:
- The state site file
- The state burial site file
- County maps with site locations
- A file of archaeological reports submitted to the State Archaeologist
- A library of archaeological books and periodicals
Note: OSA restricts non-professional use of the site file and will not supply private individuals or firms with electronic copies of the site database. OSA does not have a set of United State Geological Survey (USGS) maps, which would show archaeological site locations, information on buildings and structures, and a complete set of archaeological reports, especially reports done for federal purposes.
The Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) Archaeology Department is also located in the Fort Snelling History Center. The MHS Archaeology Department maintains archaeological artifact collections obtained by MHS archaeologists, by the University of Minnesota prior to 2000, and from contract archaeologists who have curation agreements with MHS. There are also artifact comparative collections including lithic raw material types. View their resources and contact information on the MHS website.
The Minnesota Historic Preservation Office (MnHPO) is located in the Minnesota History Center near downtown St. Paul. MnHPO has paper and electronic versions of the archaeological site file, USGS maps showing site locations, a file of archaeological reports submitted to MnHPO, paper and electronic files containing building and structure information, and a set of historic context documents. MnHPO also restricts public access to the archaeological site files. The main MHS library is also located in the History Center. View MnHPO resources and contact information on the MnHPO website.