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Minnesota Archaeology Week is Sept. 14 to 22

From petroglyphs to shipwrecks: Fun events throughout the state highlight the role of archaeology and Minnesota’s cultural heritage

September 11, 2013

ST. PAUL – Minnesotans have the opportunity to tour newly discovered ancient rock carvings, view salvaged items from Lake Superior shipwrecks, have personal archaeological finds identified, and visit a 19th-Century Voyageur trading festival, all as part of Minnesota Archaeology Week. These are just a few of the many events and activities occurring at sites throughout the state during the week of Sept. 14 through Sept. 22. 

Archaeology Week kicks-off with the Minnesota Archaeology Fair at Fort Snelling State Park. The two-day event will include activities that illustrate and explain Minnesota archaeology including poster and artifact displays, demonstrations of flint-knapping and pottery-making, and canoe rides. The fair is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15. 

Archaeology Week is a statewide event with fairs, open houses, festivals and programs happening throughout the state. A comprehensive list of events and additional information is available at All Archaeology Week events are open to the public and are free of charge, though in some cases there are associated site admission fees. 

Minnesota Archaeology Week has been held annually since 1995 with the goal of promoting interest in archaeology and an appreciation of the state’s diverse cultural heritage. The Office of State Archaeologist is the main sponsor of Archaeology Week, with additional sponsorship support coming from the Council for Minnesota Archaeology, the Minnesota Historical Society, the Minnesota Archaeological Society, the State Historic Preservation Office, the University of Minnesota, and a number of local state parks, archaeological societies and others. 

The Office of the State Archaeologist is a division of the Minnesota Department of Administration. The mission of the State Archaeologist is to promote archaeological research, share archaeological knowledge, and protect archaeological resources for the benefit of all of the people of Minnesota.