ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village museum offering artifact identification clinics

The Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village will offer artifact identification clinics on Saturday and July 2-3 that will be free with a paid admission to the museum.

The Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village will offer artifact identification clinics on Saturday and July 2-3 that will be free with a paid admission to the museum.

The clinics will feature archaeologists and researchers with expertise in bone tools, pottery and other artifacts. Among those attending will be Dr. Adrien Hannus, of Augustana University; and Dr. Alan Outram, of the University of Exeter in England.

"Our artifact identification clinics are among our most popular events," said Cindy Gregg, the executive director of the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village. "Lots of people have artifacts they have found in farm fields or that have been given to them by relatives. If you have an artifact that you wonder what it was used for or what culture likely produced it, we encourage you to attend one of our clinics."

The artifact identification clinics will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, and again from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 2 and 3, which is also during Archaeology Awareness Days.

The Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, located north of Mitchell, is a National Trust for Historic Preservation site that was occupied more than 1,000 years ago by American Indians who lived in earthen lodges. The occupants of the village were skilled farmers, growing crops such as corn, beans, squashes, sunflower, tobacco and amaranth. There are an estimated 70 to 80 lodges buried on the grounds of the site.

ADVERTISEMENT

The site includes the Boehnen Memorial Museum, which contains a reproduction earth lodge, and the Thomsen Center Archeodome, which contains the ruins of several earth lodges. Every summer, archaeology and anthropology students from the University of Exeter, England; and Augustana University, Sioux Falls; excavate the site as part of the village's Archaeology Summer Field School program.

An admission fee is charged from April 1 to Oct. 31 to help offset the cost of operating the village. Adults are $6, senior citizens (60+) are $5, children (6-18) and students with valid student IDs are $4. Children 5 and under are admitted for free. Bus tours are $75 per bus.

What To Read Next
Members Only
“In our industry there aren’t a lot of young people in it. I like the fact that there are a lot of young people in agriculture here,” he said of the Mitchell area.
Members Only
After the departure of longtime superintendent Marje Kaiser and the hiring of Dan Trefz, who recently resigned, advocates say the specialty school needs help from lawmakers to reach its past heights.
Over the past year, the city has been mulling over bringing a secondary water source to Mitchell – a move Mayor Bob Everson said is aimed at positioning the city to grow.
At issue was the attendance at a legislative conference in Hawaii last December by Spencer Gosch and Jamie Smith.