Information on Minnesota State Agencies, Boards, Task Forces, and Commissions
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Office of the State Archaeologist
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Active dates:1963 -
The Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA) is charged with sponsoring, conducting and directing research into the prehistoric and historic archaeology of Minnesota; protecting and preserving archaeological sites and objects; disseminating archaeological information through the publication of reports and articles; identifying, authenticating and protecting human burial sites; reviewing and licensing archaeological fieldwork conducted within the state.
The state archaeologist is a professional archaeologist appointed by the board of the Minnesota Historical society for a four-year term. The Minnesota Department of Administration houses the Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA). Since 1963, Minnesota law has established a licensing process in which the State Archaeologist approves applications for licensure and the Minnesota Historical Society issues the licenses.
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