Celebrating Minnesota Archaeology

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Community members had a chance to check out 8,000 year old artifacts at the Regional Science Center, all to celebrate archaeology.

The MSU–Moorhead Anthropology Department took residents on a tour of the Center for the final day of Minnesota Archaeology Week.

This summer archaeologists uncovered Bison bones and dart tips left behind by native people, who hunted there 500 to 8,000 years ago.

“You can understand the past, native Americans have an oral history that’s one way and archaeology is another way. Otherwise, the past gets unknown, the past gets destroyed, the past gets forgotten and we like to keep it alive,” says MSUM Professor of Anthropology, George Holley. 

Wood, stone, timber and bison herd attracted the Native Americans to originally come to the area.

Holley says these recent discoveries are a major breakthrough in a better understanding of the Red River Valley.