Life in the Center: Archaeology of the Mille Lacs Region

Thursday, February 20, 2020
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Heritage Room, Centennial Student Union

Life in the Center: Archaeology of the Mille Lacs Region

Presentation by Jim Cummings

jim-cummings-presentationOn July 2, 1679, Daniel Greysolon, Seiur Duluth wrote of planting the flag of King Louis XIV at a large village where the Rum River flows out of Mille Lacs Lake. The following year, Father Louis Hennepin wrote extensively of the area and his Mdewakanton Dakota hosts during a six-month stay at Mille Lacs. Since these early written accounts, archaeologists have investigated the region in an effort to understand the significance of human interaction with this landscape within the framework of our nation’s heritage.

This presentation will explore the archaeology and prehistory of the Mille Lacs Lake area, including its unique geographic setting, early archaeological investigations, continuing research, and the present-day interaction of archaeological inquiry and traditional Native American heritage preservation research and practice.

Jim Cummings-2.jpgJim Cummings is an archaeologist and principal investigator with McFarlane Consulting, based in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is also the consulting archaeologist for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Tribal Historic Preservation Office. Cummings received a bachelor’s degree from Mankato State University (now Minnesota State University, Mankato) and a master’s degree in archaeology and cultural resource management from St. Cloud State University. He served as a museum director in Pipestone, Minnesota and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as a naturalist and archaeologist for Minnesota State Parks, and recently as principal investigator for the Tribal Cultural Survey of the proposed replacement of the Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline.

This event is free and open to the public.

Join us for an open house prior to the presentation from3 p.m.–5 p.m. inTrafton Science Center North 362B.

Individuals with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the Department of Anthropology at 507-389-6318 (V) or 711 (MRS/TTY) at least 5 days prior to the event. 


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