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“True History”

Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Mitchell
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village is the only archaeological site in South Dakota open to the public. It is a 1,000 year-old village located on the shores of lovely Lake Mitchell. Each summer students from the University of Exeter, England and Augustana University, Sioux Falls continue the excavation of the site. Tours are given every day during the summer months by knowledgeable guides. Plenty of activities for all ages. Visit the museum, the dig site (located in the Archeodome) and Shoppe Antiquary (a gift shop featuring Native American jewelry, pottery, art and more). Our biggest event of the year is Archeology Awareness Days, held on July 2nd and 3rd, 2016. Open Monday thru Saturday 8:00am - 7:00 pm beginning Memorial Day weekend; open Sundays 10:00am to 6:00pm. Open the rest of the year 9:00am - 6:00pm.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed September 9, 2013

Well worth your visit if you are interested in the history of our country. This was most interesting.

Thank ErnestineBass
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

This is a great place to visit if you are a Native American buff or an archaeology buff. VERY friendly staff and lots of fun for my two boys, ages 11 and 12.

1  Thank Ziggy30004
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

When you think of Native Americans, usually you think of the people who were present when European settlers arrived. The archaeological site here is about the Native American who were here way before that time. It's a fascinating bit of American history that few people know about.

Thank Britra0004
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

We visited here after seeing the Corn Palace. We received a guided tour and learned a lot of history about the area. The best part was that all the history occurred right there on the grounds. We did not know what to expect, but were pleasantly surprised. The dig site was interesting to see in progress. The kids get to dig for arrow heads. (If they don't find any, they will receive one from the gift shop on the way out)

Thank Doug G
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

It smelled rancid on the walk in, closed in with barbed wire-topped fencing, and even when I tried to open the door, nobody came and let me in despite them looking directly at me. No need to enter this place.

3  Thank Dave S
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