Experience Native American History & Culture

The Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village is the only archaeological site in South Dakota open to the public.  It is a National Historic Landmark and on the National Register.  Each summer archaeologists come and excavate the site, and each summer we learn more about the first settlers who lived here in the Northern Plains.  Guests can watch as the archaeologists uncover artifacts in the comfort of the Thomsen Center Archeodome and tour the Boehnen Memorial Museum to see a reconstructed lodge and many of the 1.5 million artifacts found over the years. The Shoppe Antiquary, the finest gift shop in Mitchell, has an extensive collection of Native American, indigenous and regional art, jewelry, pottery, books and more.

A special site has been created for children to practice their archaeology skills and dig for a FREE arrowhead. Children of all ages can also learn how to throw a spear using an atlatl.  Picnic tables are setup along the lake and on the bluff overlooking the lake for visitors to use.

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