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Office of the State Archaeologist

Also known as:
State Archaeologist
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.

Note: The Legislative Reference Library may have additional reports on or by this group available through our catalog.
News clippings and documents. Agencies Notebook Collection, 1978-1995.
Record last updated: 04/22/2022

All information on this group from the Library’s collection of agency notebooks has been digitized. These materials are incorporated into the “documents/articles” section of the record. Please contact a librarian with any questions. The Minnesota Agencies database is a work in progress.

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