Archeology Awareness Days in Mitchell

A photo from the 2014 Archeology Awareness Days — doing the "rabbit" dance — a courtship dance. This was the only dance where men and women could dance together.

Event Details

Date: July 2 - July 3, 2016

Times: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. both days

Location: Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village (Mitchell, S.D.), located at 3200 Indian Village Road on Lake Mitchell – 5 min. northwest of Corn Palace

Ticket Info: Kids 5 and under - free; students 6 - 18 yrs - $4; seniors - $5; adults - $6


Don't miss your chance to attend Archeology Days, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and 3, at the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village in Mitchell, S.D.

Special Events

  • Watch native technology demonstrations, such as flint knapping, and see exhibits of prehistoric stone tools and ceramics.
  • Native American youths will have cultural programs.
  • Tour the Thomsen Center Archeodome and watch excavations at this 1,000-year-old site by a team of Augustana and British students and faculty.
  • Meet professional archeologists and view a variety of displays on prehistoric and historic Archeology.
  • Native American cultural presenters will include Jerome Kills Small, who will be telling Trickster stories, and Belinda Joe, who will be talking of Native American women’s culture.

Kids' Activities

  • Kids Dig (use the tools of archeologists to discover artifacts)
  • Make pottery using prehistoric techniques
  • Test your hunting skills using an atlatl-spear thrower


  • Kids 5 and under — free
  • Students 6-18 yrs — $4
  • Seniors — $5
  • Adults — $6

Archeology Days is made possible with funding from the South Dakota Archaeological Society, the Archeology Lab of Augustana University, and the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village.

Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village — 605.996.5473