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Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village

3200 Indian Village Rd., Mitchell, South Dakota 57301 USA

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“the only archaeological site in South Dakota open to the public!”

Long before there was a Corn Palace, long before there was a mill on the James River and long before the French fur traders came to this area, there was a small village of perhaps 200 people.  This village, whose name we shall never know, sat on a bluff, overlooking a creek that we call Firesteel.  On the fertile banks of the creek, the villagers grew corn, beans, squash, sunflowers and amaranth.  Today the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village is the only archaeological site in South Dakota open to the public.  It is a National Historic Landmark.  Each summer archaeologists come and excavate the site, and each summer we learn more about the first settlers who lived here in the Northern Plains.  Guests can watch as the archaeologists uncover artifacts in the comfort of the Thomsen Center Archeodome and tour the Boehnen Memorial Museum to see a reconstructed lodge and many of the 1.5 million artifacts found over the years.

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Reviewed by
Sarah Mitchell

  • 5 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
October 18, 2017
Rated 4.0

Great place to stop. The tour was very informative. Our guide was great with so many stories and information that wasn't on the signs. It was awesome seeing an actual archeological site. Kids could even pretend to be archeologists and dig up a plastic arrowhead in a sand box. They turned in the plastic one for a stone one at the gift shop. Very cool place!

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Reviewed by
olgalperin

  • 1 Review
  • 3 Helpful
June 17, 2015
Rated 4.0

I wanted to see more of Dakota Native American history as it is conveniently glossed over or made PG. It's definitely still told from a white settler perspective.....

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
ariadne

  • 1 Review
  • 2 Helpful
July 25, 2014

This place is really worth a stop! They do an amazing job of story telling and sharing the science and wonder of archeology with all ages! Super knowledgeable and kind docent staff and fascinating active research going on not to mention excellent exhibits on Native American history, the origins of corn and hands-on archeology demos. a MUST see!

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
crystalbates

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
June 03, 2017
Rated 3.0

Very informative and neat to see actual archeological dig site. It was very slow because we went on Memorial Day. Glad we stopped.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
erinallen53105

  • 3 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
September 07, 2014
Rated 4.0

Worth the stop to experience Indian village life in 1000 AD and see an archeology dig site. During summer you may even see some college students digging.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
susansimscammack

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 10, 2021
Rated 5.0

Very interesting!

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Reviewed by
Addison Hitt

  • 27 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
June 26, 2021
Rated 3.0

This is definitely chocked full of history! If that's your thing, you'll love it. If not, it won't be for you. There is an optional 20 minute video. Otherwise, plan on being here for half an hour or so.

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Reviewed by
allisha.hitt

  • 8 Reviews
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June 26, 2021
Rated 3.0

It was okay. I think some of the free attractions around town were better, though.

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Reviewed by
Erin_McS

  • 4 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 26, 2018
Rated 5.0

Well worth the stop. Interesting history and a real archeological dig site to see. Plan ~60-90 minutes.

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Reviewed by
jillfadnessmiller

  • 8 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 03, 2017
Rated 5.0

Definitely worth the stop and the cost. Could have spent more time than we did. So interesting.

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Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village

3200 Indian Village Rd.
Mitchell, South Dakota
57301 USA

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  • Mon - Sat: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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  • Wheelchair Accessible
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