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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

2012 Field School

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Anthropology 480/580: Fieldwork in Archeology
May 20th to June 21st, 2013:
Excavating Late Woodland (ca. A.D. 900) Houses at the Mosquito Terrace Site

General Information

Last summer we made the startling discovery of postmold outlines of at least two adjacent structures at the Late Woodland Mosquito Terrace site (21GD260).  We discovered Mosquito Terrace in 2006 and, after finding a locally unique, new pottery type, we knew we wanted to go back.  The site did not disappoint us, and we now will be excavating what appear to be domestic structures dating to ca. A.D. 900.  This is a pivotal period in ancient Native American history, coming at the end of the Late Woodland and the beginning of the Upper Mississippian periods.

Silvernale archaeology dig site

Photo: Dr. Ron Schirmer, graduate students Travis Hager and Kyle Harvey, and undergraduate students Emily Evenson and Kevin Reinhart at the Silvernale Site during the 2011 field school.


Dr. Ron Schirmer
Department of Anthropology
358 Trafton Science Center North
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Mankato, MN 56001
507.389.6612 (office) or 507.389.6504 (department)

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