Archaeology Camp 2014

Archaeology Camp 2013 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, and learning flint knapping, the method used to make historic tools. A trip to the Turtle Effigy and the Oahe Chapel is also included.

Who: Students going into grades 4-6 (no exceptions), 2014-2015 school year

When: June 3-5, 2014; 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.

How Much: $25 per participant

Registration: Limited to 20 applicants; first-come, first-served;
Registration begins on May 1, 2014 and will close on May 12, 2014 or when the camp is full, whichever comes first. Payment must be included with the registration and release forms. 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. They will need to bring a lunch every day. A water bottle will be provided as will water 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