Bear drawing by Mary Warner.

Online Event: The Archaeology of Bear Ceremonialism

Online Event: The Archaeology of Bear Ceremonialism presented by David Mather
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 7 p.m. via Zoom
Cost: $10 + tax general admission, $7 + tax for MCHS members
Register online at by September 19
For alternate payment options, call (320)632-4007 or email to make reservations
Limit: 100 attendees


Bear drawing by Mary Warner.
Bear drawing by Mary Warner.
Reverence for bears was an ancient and widely held tradition in the history of the northern world. From Scandinavia, across Siberia, Japan and North America, anthropologists have identified shared themes concerning hunts, feasts, and the treatment of the slain bear by otherwise distinct cultures. In rare instances, archaeologists have encountered the sacred places where remains of ancient bears were placed.


The Morrison County Historical Society presents “The Archaeology of Bear Ceremonialism,” featuring guest speaker David Mather, who will discuss the worldwide concept of bear ceremonialism and, in the context of wildlife biology, a zooarchaeological study of bear remains from Minnesota. This event will take place online via Zoom on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at 7 p.m.


David Mather is the National Register Archaeologist for the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office. He has worked as a professional archaeologist in Minnesota for more than 30 years, with specialties in environmental archaeology, zooarchaeology, and historic preservation. The archaeology of bear ceremonialism was the focus of his PhD dissertation at the University of Minnesota.


The cost is $10 + tax for general admission and $7 + tax for MCHS members. There is a limit of 100 people at this event. Make reservations online at or by calling 320-632-4007. Reservations are due by September 19.



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