Presentation to Discuss BWCAW Archaeology

A presentation sponsored by the advocacy group Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness will discuss the discovery of several siltstone quarries on the BWCAW’s Knife Lake which are believed to date to paleolithic times. The event will take place on Tuesday, October 19 in St. Paul, MN.

Bill Clayton, an archaeologist for the Superior National Forest who has conducted archaeological research on Knife Lake and the wider-BWCAW area since 1996, and Lee Johnson, another SNF archaeologist who has worked in the area since 2001 to present, will discuss the latest information about several quarries where some of the first humans to live in what is now known as the Boundary Waters, quarried for siltstone and crafted tools from the rock.

The pair will talk about their experiences surveying the sites, what they found, and what the discoveries reveal about the first residents of the area.

The presentation will take place at Macalester College’s John B. Davis Lecture Hall in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center at 1600 Grand Avenue in St. Paul. The presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. with refreshments to be served at 8:30. The event is free and open to the public.

Find the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness’ announcement about the event HERE.

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