Duluth Archaeology Center
Minnesota Power Legacy Series
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Minnesota Power Legacy Series

The Legacy Program of summer archaeology presentations is an initiative of Minnesota Power, an ALLETE Company.  The objective is to document and preserve information on the prehistoric and historic human use of the Reservoir Lakes.  For more information, call Greg Prom at 355-3191 or email to gprom@allete.com.

These talks are held at the Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center, 7328 Boulder Dam Rd., Duluth, MN 55803.  Presentations start at 1 pm and are approximately 2 hours long with plenty of opportunties to ask questions and share information.  All presentations are free and open to the public.  

The 2017 summer presentations will focus on copper usage in the Lake Superior region, including at the Reservoir Lakes.  “Native copper” (so pure that it does not require smelting to work) is found in the basal bedrock around Lake Superior and was used extensively by Native Americans prior to historic and modern mining.  The presentations will explore this local technology from source to product.

            July 16, 2017:  There’s Copper in Them Thar Hills:  Historic Copper Mines of Western Lake Superior  - Todd Lindahl and Don Menuey have explored several deposits used historically (and probably prehistorically).  Join us in revisiting these forgotten sites of early industrial activities.



            August 20, 2017:  Great Lakes Archaic Indians: The Origins of Prehistoric Metal Technology in Eastern North America  - A video of Tom Pleger’s presentation at the Houghton Copper Conference will explore the Old Copper Industry of the Archaic Period.  Dr. Pleger was an expert in Archaic archaeology of the region.  

A show & tell of artifacts from the area will accompany the presentation.  The public is welcome to bring artifacts for identification!!

The meetings are organized by personnel of the Duluth Archaeology Center.  For any questions, call Sue Mulholland or Jenni Hamilton at 218/624-5489 or email to archcenter@aol.com or check the webpage at www.dulutharchaeologycenter.com.

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