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Archaeology students from England dig in Mitchell

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The Prehistoric Indian Village's summer Archaeology field school began June 19, and students are busy doing excavations at the site. Students from the University of Exeter, England and Augustana College are working in the Thomsen Center Archeodome in Mitchell. 

The dome covers about 14,000 sq. ft. It sits on an area that was once an Indian village. Roughly 200 Indians lived on this village over 1,000 years ago. Archaeologists assume the Indians were of the Mandan tribe. Students have dug up several types of bones, found ovens the tribe created, and several ancient pottery designs.  

People are welcome to come and watch the dig. Students are here to just get a taste of archaeology in a bearable setting.

"The site has been dug for several years in a row now. I think extra have been coming out here for about 12 years. We're just trying to find out a bit more about what happened on the site," University of Exeter supervisor Katrina Dring said.

The students will be digging until July 19. Students will be partaking in Archaeology Awareness Days on July 5 and 6There will be flintknappers, hidetanners, potters, spear throwers and more. There will be several events for children. Archaeology Awareness Days hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and admission fees apply.

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