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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.
I say skip the Corn Palace and go to the Indian Village. It was such a neat cultural stop. The descriptions in the musem and the recreated lodge was so interesting to look at. We didn't get to... Read more
Good recreation of lodge to walk through. Enjoyed the video descriptions of the archaeological work while in the archedome. I recommend watching 20 min archaeologist video located in main... Read more
On Labor Day 2023, it was my last day in Mitchell, South Dakota before I had to fly home in the afternoon, so the Prehistoric Indian Village was the second of two tourist attractions that I've... Read more
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village & Archeodome
- Sun: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Mon - Sat: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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