One of my favorite South Dakota places to visit is the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village just off Interstate 90, and my family and I visited last weekend during its annual Archeology Awareness Days.
This prehistoric Indian village, occupied about 1,000 years ago, is the only ongoing archeology site in South Dakota open to the public. Thanks to the Boehnen Memorial Museum and the Thomsen Center Archeodome, people can visit year-round.
For a month every summer, Augustana University in Sioux Falls and Exeter College in Oxford, England, sponsor a joint field school dig for their students. This is the only time of the year visitors can watch archeologists work at the site.
During each field school month (usually mid-June through mid-July), the museum and field school also hosts Archeology Days for one weekend. During this weekend, a variety of experts on Native American culture have exhibits or do demonstrations, and visitors can get involved by throwing spears with atlatls (a type of lever) or making pottery.
The field school students and archeologists will be continue to work at the site through mid-July.
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Have you ever attended the annual Archeology Days at the Indian village? Have you visited any archeology site? Is so, where?