A LATE STONE AGE FARMING COMMUNITY
EAST SOUTH DAKOTA--A.D. 1000
The Mitchell site is a prehistoric village where farming people once lived. They lived there approximately 1,000 years ago and are believed to have been the ancestors of the Mandan who were settled along the Missouri River at the time of Euro-American contact. At it's height, the population of this village is thought to have been about 500 to 800 people. The majority of the 22 artifacts in this picture were professionally excavated within the last thirty years and properly recorded. They are common items that were once used in normal everyday life by these people. The bone awls, fishhooks, axes, arrowheads, drills, spindle whorls, ceramics, etc. are typical examples of items found on sites were these ancient farming people lived. All the artifacts in this picture are described at the bottom of the picture in the artifact "key'. Two modern interpretive centers are located on the Mitchell site today.
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