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Minnesota Archaeology Month

Minnesota Archaeology Month is an annual event intended to celebrate and promote the archaeological understanding of Minnesota's past. Archaeology Month events are held all over the state, each promoting interest in archaeology and an appreciation of the state's diverse cultural heritage.

Archaeology Month 2020 (now virtual)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the decision was made to make Minnesota Archaeology Month a virtual event this year.  Below is a list of events and programs that will give you the opportunity to participate in one time scheduled virtual programs or review previously recorded presentations at your convenience.  However you participate we encourage you to virtually explore Minnesota’s archaeology.

2020 Archaeology Month Calendar of Events (PDF)
Geographic Guide to MN Archaeology (PDF)

Please note that the schedule has been updated to reflect the cancellation of the Sept. 14 and 15 events at Fort Snelling State Park which remains closed for flood cleanup and repair.

The Minnesota Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA) will continue to add to the Archaeology Month Events listing for Minnesota Archaeology Month 2020 so check back for additional events.  Contact the OSA if you wish to submit additional events.

About Archaeology Month

The first Minnesota Archaeology Week was held in 1995. The OSA has served as the main organizer and sponsor of Archaeology Week since 1998. Additional sponsorship support comes from the Minnesota Historical Society, the Minnesota Archaeological Society, the Council for Minnesota Archaeology, the State Historic Preservation Office, and a number of local state parks, museums, historical societies, colleges, and others.

In an effort to encourage greater participation and allow for more flexibility to hosts in scheduling events the OSA has decided to move to an Archaeology Month. 

Other states have similar programs, and many states now have an Archaeology Month. While Archaeology Week used to be held in the spring, the event was moved to the fall in 2012 to be more compatible with both secondary and post-secondary school schedules.

OSA sets the dates, calls for events, publicizes activities, produces informational materials, including a calendar of events. OSA also co-sponsors the Fort Snelling Archaeology Fair and participates in various activities.

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