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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 2017 

In an effort to encourage greater participation and allow for more flexibility to hosts in scheduling events the Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA) has decided to move to an Archaeology Month.  September 2017 is the first Minnesota Archaeology Month.

Minnesota Archaeology Fair at Fort Snelling State Park

Each year, the Minnesota Archaeology Fair is held at Fort Snelling State Park. This two-day event has been held since 2004 and includes a number of hands-on activities that put archaeology into action. The 2017 Minnesota Archaeology Fair is on Saturday, Sept. 9, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, Sept. 10, 11 am to 4 pm at the Thomas C. Savage Visitor Center, Fort Snelling State Park. 

The 15th annual Minnesota Archaeology Fair will include a variety of poster and artifact displays, demonstrations and activities illustrating and explaining the archaeology of Minnesota. There will be artifact identification, an atlatl (spear-throwers) toss and demonstrations of pottery-making and flintknapping.

The event is free and open to the public, but a Minnesota State Park permit is needed to enter the State Park. Contact Patricia Emerson at 612-725-2410 or patricia.emerson@mnhs.org for more details. 

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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