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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 2019

September is Minnesota Archaeology Month 2019. We hope that you will consider sponsoring, organizing, hosting, or leading an event during the month. Many of the state's museums and historical organizations host open houses during the month, highlighting their collections and facilities, while others sponsor special speakers for an evening lecture (local/regional archaeologists are often available as speakers). However you feel like participating, we encourage you and your organization to get involved!

2019 Archaeology Month Calendar of Events (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 Calendar of Events for Minnesota Archaeology Month 2019. Use our Event Submission Form to send your Archaeology Month event(s) to us for inclusion on the calendar.

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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