Thursday, February 23, 2012
Is There Evidence for Ancient World Trade in Minnesota?
Charles Bruns, who is associated with the Ancient Artifact Preservation Society of Marquette, Michigan, will present some surprising theories about a possible world trade culture in northern Minnesota thousands of years ago. He draws on theories according to "diffusionist archaeology," which says that early America was visited by explorers and traders from many cultures around the world—before recorded history. Mr. Bruns will address such topics as: ancient copper mining in northern Minnesota 4,000 years ago; prehistoric trade on the St. Louis River; ancient Egyptians sailing on the Great Lakes; and the Northland's connection with the Ancient World through trade. A short slide show will be followed by a Q&A. Tuesday, February 28, 6:30 p.m., in the large meeting room.