Archaeology Camp 2013

Volunteers at South Dakota archaeology site
Excavation at Fort Pierre Chouteau excavation site.
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The South Dakota State Historical Society, Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), is sponsoring a three-day Archaeology Camp. This camp is an active, outdoor experience on a real archaeological site. Students should be prepared to hike, work in the dirt, listen carefully, and follow directions from camp leads and professional archaeologists.

Students will learn an introduction to the field of archaeology, why we conduct archaeological digs, what stories artifacts can tell us about the past, history of fur trading posts, how to map a site, and how to use team-building skills. In addition to excavation at the site, other fun activities will include making pottery, learning to recognize animal tracks and making track molds, talks about native plant species and how they were used, and learning flint knapping, the method used to make historic tools. A trip to the Turtle Effigy is also included.

Who: Students going into grades 4 & 5, 2013-2014 school year

When: June 3-5, 2013; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CDT
The program is structured for students to attend all 3 days.

Where:  Cultural Heritage Center (CHC)
            900 Governors Drive
            Pierre, South Dakota
Staff will then transport students to and from the Fort Galpin archaeological site near Oahe Downstream Recreation Area, Campground #3.

How Much: $25 per participant

Registration: Limited to 16 applicants; first-come, first-served;
Registration payment and forms must be received by May 22, 2013. Click here for registration information.

Additional Important Info:
Students should be dropped off between 8 & 8:30 a.m. at the Cultural Heritage Center. From there they will be transported to the old Fort Galpin archaeological site near Oahe Downstream Recreation Area, Campground #3. They will need to bring a lunch every day, water will be provided throughout the day. Snacks will be provided twice daily. Students should be picked up at the Cultural Heritage Center between 4:30 & 5 p.m.

For more information on the Archaeology Camp, please contact Paige Olson at 605-773-6004 or by e-mail at