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Welcome to the Minnesota Archaeological Society Website!
The Minnesota Archaeological Society (MAS) invites you to share with us exciting discoveries from
Minnesota's past. The Society, established in 1936, is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to
the preservation and study of archaeological resources in the Upper Midwest. All persons with an
interest in archaeology - those just beginning to explore the field as well as avocational archaeologists
and professionals - are welcome.
MAS is a doing organization. Members volunteer their time and energy to participate in Society
programs, helping to protect Minnesota's rich heritage and learning something about themselves in the
process. Society activities include:
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The MAS Thunderbird
Curious about our logo? The inscriptions on the right are from a 1,000-year-old
pot that was discovered in 1957 near Red Wing, Minnesota by an MAS member.
The thunderbird motif is representative of Middle Mississippian iconography.
- Slide lectures on current fieldwork and research in archaeology, anthropology and history. Past
topics have included Minnesota's Old Copper Culture and ethnoarchaeology in East Africa.
- Classes in fieldwork methods and artifact analysis, taught by professional archaeologists from
government and private organizations.
- Opportunities to take part in field projects sponsored by MAS and other Minnesota organizations.
- Field trips to important archaeological sites, such as Jeffers Petroglyphs in western Minnesota and
Effigy Mounds National Park in Iowa.
- Participation in special events such as Minnesota Archaeology Week and the Midwest
- Social events - potluck dinners, brown-bag lunches, informal get-togethers - that allow you to share
your experiences and insights with other members and working archaeologists.
April/May 2013 Letter from the President
The Minnesota Archaeological Society Board of Directors elected to cancel the April Business Meeting,
replacing it with the Annual Dinner meeting of April 19
. On May 7
proceedings returned to normal with
the Board of Directors meeting at Ft. Snelling at 7:00 p.m. A quorum of officers was present and a productive
meeting was achieved.
Annual Dinner Meeting:
The Annual Dinner Meeting was held on April 19
, 2013 at Hamline University, 774 Snelling Ave. St. Paul,
55104, Anderson Hall Room 111. Robert Boszhardt, Co-Director of the Mississippian Initiative Project,
spoke to us about his current research into an early Mississippian colony at Tempealeau, Wisconsin. Thirty-
one paying members attended along with approximately ten students who attended the lecture only.
Minnesota Archaeology Week is scheduled for September 14
through the 21
. A calendar of events is to
In Memory of Tony Romano:
With great sadness I must report that long-time Minnesota Archaeological Society member Dr. Tony
Romano, DDS, passed away from a heart attack at his home in Pine City, MN on the evening of May 14
Tony was an avocational archaeologist, flint-knapper, lithic researcher, experimental archaeologist, and
contributor to The Minnesota Archaeologist, and he was the driving force behind the Pine City N.W. Fur Co.
Knap-in. Tony actively participated in the Lake Superior Basin workshops, mentoring many professional
and avocational archaeologists and flint-knappers and always having time for active discussions ranging
from archaeology to Ojibwa linguistics.
I knew Tony for over twenty years. He was highly intelligent, quick-witted, and one exceptional individual. I
considered him a friend and mentor and I will miss him. He will be missed by many.
“ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IS NO MATCH FOR NATURAL STUPIDITY” (Unknown)
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