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Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village

Mitchell, SD
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Ranked #2 of 9 Attractions in Mitchell
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
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Calumet, Michigan
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52 reviews 52 reviews
3 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I have alwasy been fascinated by the American Indian culture and this Archeodome was really amazing! You can see first hand the work of the archeologists and their findings. The Visitor Center has a recreated village home that is superbly done. There are plenty of excellent artifact exhibits that should not be missed! The tour guide is very knowledgable and... More

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Culpeper, Virginia
14 reviews 14 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Forget the Corn Palace, go visit this wonderful place instead. This old prehistoric Indian village is currently being explored and you should take some time to go and see it. Very nice displays, personal tours, wonderful staff, and interesting facts. I especially liked the information about the way Indians used to live and what they ate. Very pretty area on... More

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New York City, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Just about three miles outside of Mitchell and easily reached, this combination archeological "dig" and museum traces the history of the Lakota tribe. The "dig" can be visited year round since it is enclosed in a wonderful building with a walkway allowing you to view the entire area (about a block square) from above.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

At this site, you learn not only about the Prehistoric Indian Village, but also how archaeologists learn about them. In the "dome" you can watch them as they (very slowly) uncover new artifacts, and learn about how they determine the meaning of the things they uncover. For example, it the museum they have a replica of what one of the... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

located on lake Mitchell, a great place to let the kids unwind and learn about prehistoric Indians and how they lived. They have both indoor and outdoor activities for the family to enjoy

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Franklin Square, New York
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42 reviews 42 reviews
33 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This is the site of an early Native American village form 1000 years ago. The museum has life sized models of earthen lodge, The archaeological site is interesting. No one was working on it while we were there, however, we were told in the summer, they have many college interns. Everyone there was very informative. You don't have to take... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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77 reviews 77 reviews
47 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

My son loved this place! So did I, actually. The museum/tour was excellent. Seeing the archeological dig site was really fascinating. Kids can dig for a plastic arrowhead which they can turn into the gift shop for the real thing. Nice gift shop too. I had bought an annual membership online for $25 so I'm not exactly sure how much... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

In my opinion, this was another highlight of our black hills trip. We overnighted in Mitchell, and up on the advice of a friend who grew up in town, decided to take some time to check out the Prehistoric Indian Village. What a treat! They need to advertise more as this is another educational and historical gem of SoDak! There's... More

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Columbia, Missouri
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156 reviews 156 reviews
92 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

The exhibit inside had a life-size reconstruction of an Indian lodge you can walk through which was a neat way to begin the tour. There was an informative video to watch if you have the time (we didn't), but there were other artifacts to read about. The dig site in the archeodome was fascinating! The fact that it is still... More

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Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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46 reviews 46 reviews
20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Very good introductory video, after which one of the staff personally explained the museum exhibits and the reconstructed earthen lodge. Another staff person then took us through the Archeodome, site of an ongoing archeological dig. Left with a much better understanding of these Native Americans.

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