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Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village

Located in Mitchell (3200 Indian Village Road)

ArchdomeA tour of the Thomsen Center Archeodome reveals life in a 1,000-year-old village. Excavations at the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village site have uncovered evidence of everything from the food the villagers ate to the tools they used. At the Boehnen Museum and Patton Gallery, there is an extensive exhibit, including a model of what the village may have looked like, as well as a life-size reconstructed lodge.

A team of British students from the University of Exeter will be on site from June 19-July 19, 2012, to continue excavating and mapping the site within the Archeodome, as well as cleaning artifacts. The dig takes place Monday through Saturday each week and the public is invited to observe and learn more about the excitement of archaeological discovery. There will be an archaeologist on staff from Memorial Day (May 28, 2012) to Labor Day (September 3, 2012). Archaeology Awareness Days are July 14-15, 2012.

Admission is charged. Contact the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village at 605-996-5473 or visit


Archaeological Research Center

Located in Rapid City (2425 E Saint Charles Street)

The mission of the South Dakota State Archaeological Research Center is to explore, preserve, and exhibit the archaeological record of South Dakota's human story for present and future generations. The Center serves several roles in preserving the archaeological resources of South Dakota. State code requires the Center to maintain records of archaeological sites and projects. In addition, crews from the Center work across the state on archaeological surveys and other projects for many agencies to assist them in meeting their obligations under federal and state cultural resource protection laws. Staff members also provide public outreach opportunities through excavation projects, laboratory analysis, and programs to schools and other organizations.

Contact the Archaeological Research Center at 605-394-1936 or visit