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The
Minnesota
Archaeologist
Vol. 49, No. 1-2                                1990

ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE
CENTRAL MINNEAPOLIS RIVERFRONT

PART 2: ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXPLORATIONS AND INTERPRETIVE POTENTIALS

Scott F. Anfinson
Minnesota Historical Society

© 1989 Minnesota Archaeological Society



Table of Contents
Preface
Chapter 1 Archaeology In and Of the City
Chapter 2 Site Formation
Chapter 3 Survey, Excavation, and Monitoring: 1983-1990
Chapter 4 Interpretive Potentials
References Cited
Historical Figures and Photographs  (big thumbnails)   (medium)   (small)

Preface

This volume is Part 2 of a study on the archaeology of the central Minneapolis riverfront. Part 1 was issued as Volume 48 of The Minnesota Archaeologist. Part 1 provided a historical overview of the St. Anthony Falls area and a detailed inventory of potential archaeological sites. Part 2 presents an overview of urban archaeology, summaries of the archaeological field work conducted over the last seven years, and interpretive plans and opportunities for the central Minneapolis riverfront.

These volumes are the result of an intensive research effort. More money has probably been spent on the archaeology of the central Minneapolis riverfront than on any other site in Minnesota. Prior to these publications, public presentations of that archaeological work have been limited to a few newspaper articles and occasional illustrated lectures. While reports have been written regarding the major surveys and excavations, these reports exist only as unpublished contract completion reports.

These two volumes of The Minnesota Archaeologist cannot provide every detail revealed by the literature search and archaeological testing. This detail is available in the research files and the unpublished archaeological reports on file at the Minnesota Historical Society. These volumes provide a comprehensive summary which should satisfy most needs of public education, if not professional reporting.

Numerous individuals and organizations were essential to the completion of this volume. The people and organizations that helped with the literature search have been thanked in the preface to Part 1.

Here I would like to thank the various crews that did the archaeological field work on the central Minneapolis riverfront. They are:

1983 West River Parkway
- Jeffrey Tordoff
- Patricia Schissel-Anfinson
- David Johnson
- James Rust
- Ernie Wilson (backhoe)

1985 Hennepin Avenue Bridge
- Jeffrey Tordoff
- Patricia Schissel-Anfinson
- "Skip" (backhoe)

1986 Fuji-Ya/Palisade Mill
- Jeffrey Tordoff
- Gordon Lothson

1986 West River Parkway
- Sigrid Arnott
- Kathleen Kilkelly
- Michael Lidstone
- David Peterson
- Jennifer Price
- Kenny Donahue (backhoe)
- Loren Schwinghammer (backhoe)
- Robert Wolverton (backhoe)

1989 West River Parkway
- David Szondy
- Matthew Murray
- Amy Orenstein
- Elizabeth Knudson

Last but not least, I would once again like to thank my family for their patience with me during my continuing obsession with the central Minneapolis riverfront.


Scott F. Anfinson
Minnesota Historical Society
November 1991

 
 


 
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