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Archaeology and Paleontology

ThingsToDo-ArchPale.jpgThousands of years of evidence of prehistoric humans and animals are spread across the state of South Dakota and scientists are working to find and preserve that evidence.

Some of the richest fossil beds and archaeological remnants are located in South Dakota, with a variety of museums and dig sites offering the opportunity to witness and experience the thrill of discovering evidence of times past.

This thrill is best represented by the unearthing of “Sue,” the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex that has ever been discovered. “Sue” was found near Faith, South Dakota, in 1990. The fossil's permanent home is at The Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois. There, “Sue” continues to be studied by scientists and seen by the public.

Additionally, an array of evidence of prehistoric animals and societies has been discovered across the state. Visitors are welcome to visit dig sites and museums to learn more about archaeology and paleontology in South Dakota.

 

South Dakota Organizations and Resources:

Archaeological Research Center, Rapid City
605-394-1936
history.sd.gov/archaeology
 

Badlands National Park
605-433-5261
www.nps.gov/badl
 

DigBlack Hills Institute of Geological Research, Hill City
605-571-4505
www.bhigr.com
 

Black Hills Museum of Natural History, Hill City
605-571-4505
www.bhmnh.org
 

Black Hills National Forest
605-673-2251
www.fs.fed.us/r2/blackhills/
 

Children's Museum of South Dakota, Brookings
605-292-6700
www.prairieplay.org
 

Cultural Heritage Center, Pierre
605-773-3458
history.sd.gov/museum
 

The Journey Museum, Rapid City
605-394-6923
www.journeymuseum.org
 

The Mammoth Site, Hot Springs
605-745-6017
www.mammothsite.com
 

Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village and Archeodome, Mitchell
605-996-5473
www.mitchellindianvillage.org
 

Museum of Geology, Rapid City
605-394-2467
sdmines.sdsmt.edu/museum
 

US Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha, NE
888-835-5971
www.nwo.usace.army.mil
 

Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, Sioux Falls
877-927-4728
www.washingtonpavilion.org