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Welcome to the Minnesota Archaeological Society Website!
The Minnesota Archaeological Society (MAS) invites you to share with us exciting discoveries from
Minnesota's past. The Society, established in 1936, is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to
the preservation and study of archaeological resources in the Upper Midwest. All persons with an
interest in archaeology - those just beginning to explore the field as well as avocational archaeologists
and professionals - are welcome.
MAS is a doing organization. Members volunteer their time and energy to participate in Society
programs, helping to protect Minnesota's rich heritage and learning something about themselves in the
process. Society activities include:
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The MAS Thunderbird
Curious about our logo? The inscriptions on the right are from a 1,000-year-old
pot that was discovered in 1957 near Red Wing, Minnesota by an MAS member.
The thunderbird motif is representative of Middle Mississippian iconography.
- Slide lectures on current fieldwork and research in archaeology, anthropology and history. Past
topics have included Minnesota's Old Copper Culture and ethnoarchaeology in East Africa.
- Classes in fieldwork methods and artifact analysis, taught by professional archaeologists from
government and private organizations.
- Opportunities to take part in field projects sponsored by MAS and other Minnesota organizations.
- Field trips to important archaeological sites, such as Jeffers Petroglyphs in western Minnesota and
Effigy Mounds National Park in Iowa.
- Participation in special events such as Minnesota Archaeology Week and the Midwest
- Social events - potluck dinners, brown-bag lunches, informal get-togethers - that allow you to share
your experiences and insights with other members and working archaeologists.
Summer 2015 - Project Notice
RFP for Videographers
July 13, 2015
The Minnesota Archaeological Society (MAS) is seeking a video team to create a half-hour program for
social media distribution and prefered cable or broadcast television. The production will provide
classroom students and the public with a program addressing issues of archaeological research and
the study of the past in Minnesota, the nature of scientific accuracy, and sources of scientific data.
Concepts addressed in the video will include: archaeological evidence comes from a scientific process;
the scientific process requires replicable and peer reviewed data; and this information is constantly
subject to analysis and scientific interpretation as more data becomes available. Segments of the
video are intended to be used in classrooms as well as community screenings and discussions.
MAS will own the copyright and have full use of the footage gathered for this project, and the edited
The successful applicant should have:
· experience in creating videos and television programs;
· the ability to re-edit images and video from other formats to edit into the new program,
· the ability to provide closed-captioning to the program, for accessibility;
· the capacity to post the finished program and associated video clips online;
· access to the process necessary for broadcast or cable distribution;
· high quality video, sound and editing equipment;
· the ability to promote the video or advise on promotion;
All applicants must have a proven record for making high-quality documentaries, on schedule and
The project, if funded, will occur in two phases. Phase 1 begins February 1, 2016, and must be
finished by December 1, 2016; Phase 2 will occur following that. The scope of work includes creating a
program outline with MAS; planning for four field days with a full crew and for interviews both
outdoors and in a secluded space. New b-roll will be shot at an archaeological site in the Metro Area.
All new recording will occur within the Twin Cities; no overnight travel is required. Phase 2 will consist
of the final edit through public distribution. Expenses for the video production in both phases
combined should not exceed $55,000. MAS will have final approval of the program, working closely
with the videographer.
Please reply with schedule, estimated budget, sample video and letter of experience, no later than
July 31, 2015. A decision will be made by the MAS Board no later than August 14, 2015.
Please send inquiries to:
Jeremy Nienow, MAS Board Member