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30th Annual Archeology Awareness Days


Mitchell, SD - The Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village is holding its annual Archeology Awareness Days on July 11th and 12th, 2015.  This year will be the 30th year this prestigious event has been held.  Archaeologists and primitive technologists from around the United States will give presentations at the event throughout the day.  Among the presenters will be Rick Hamilton, a noted primitive technologist, and Joe Tiffany, from the Iowa State Archaeology Department.

Cultural presenters include Mike Marshall, a consultant to the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian and a well-known Lakota artist and historian.  Mr. Marshall will be demonstrating the games played by the ancestors of his people.  Jerome Kills Small, retired professor of Native American culture and language at the University of South Dakota will tell traditional stories. 

There will be pottery making exhibits, long bow demonstrations (visitors will get to try their hand at shooting a long bow), and spear throwing lessons.  Flint knapping and other primitive skills will be shown.

Archaeologists will be present; students from the University of Exeter will be continuing to excavate the site during the weekend event.  This year’s dig season is one of the most exciting seasons.  Many spectacular artifacts and features have been found, such as a fine knife, a biface tool and several bone tools.

Ice cream, pop and sandwiches will be available at the event, also.

There will be the usual admission charge ($4 to $6) for this event.  Hours are from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm both days.

For more information, please contact Cynthia Gregg at 605-996-5473.


Cynthia Gregg
Executive Director
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village
Phone: 605-996-5473