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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
erinallen53105

  • 3 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
September 7, 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.

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Reviewed by
ariadne

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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!

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Reviewed by
JessKoscher

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June 14, 2016
Rated 5.0

What a cool place! An actual working archeological dig site? Great tour and an excellent gift store with wares by natives. We spent a couple of hours here and really enjoyed ourselves.

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Reviewed by
olgalperin

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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.....

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tia.s.dye

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May 24, 2015
Rated 5.0

So glad we stopped here instead of the Corn Palace. They are part of the Blue Star program, so it is free for active duty military. We also told them we were homeschooling, and they gave us a packet of information, quizzes, and activities (word searches, crosswords, and such)! Such a wonderful place. I hope to make it back again in 10 years to see the progress they have made. They plan on digging there for the next 50 years! Highly recommended. A little off the road, but well worth the 3 miles.

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Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village

3200 Indian Village Rd.
Mitchell, South Dakota
57301 USA

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