Archeology Field School Date Set

The Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village will host students from the University of Exeter, England and Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota from June 19th to mid-July for its 11th Annual Summer Archeology Field School. First year archaeology and anthropology students will continue the excavations in the Thomsen Center Archeodome at the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village. Visitors are able to watch as the archaeology team excavates the site, works in the laboratory or on the grounds.  This is a great time to be at the Village, with a lot of activity and excitement.

Dr. Alan Outram of the University of Exeter will lead the team along with Dr. L. Adrien Hannus, Augustana College and chief archaeologist for the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village. They will be assisted by Dr. Landon Karr, Augustana College.

In addition, Archeology Awareness Days will be held on July 5-6, 2014.  This event will bring together primitive technologists and archeologists from around the country.

The Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village is a 1,100 year-old village of farmer/hunters of the Initial Middle Missouri Tradition. The site sits on a bluff that once overlooked a creek north of Mitchell, South Dakota (the creek was dammed in 1928 to create Lake Mitchell). There are the remains of  approximately 70 to 80 lodges buried on the site.  The major crops grown at the site were corn, beans, squash, sunflower, tobacco and amaranth; in recent years, it has been established that the village was also a major bison processing center. The U. S. Department of the Interior calls the Village “one of the most important archaeological sites in the Great Plains”.

The Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village is open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday – Saturday and 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Sundays until Memorial Day. After Memorial Day, the hours are from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday – Saturday and 10 to 5 on Sundays until Labor Day. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

For more information, please contact Cindy Gregg at 605.996.5473 or at