HomeAmericaNative American Site – Reveal 1000 Year old Clues

There have been some exciting discoveries by the archaeologists in the North Western state of South Dakota.   They have been working at a pre-historic Indian Village in Mitchell and it’s helped to learn what a diverse diet that people had even during that time period. The clues have come in the form of corn cobs, corn kernels and some from sunflowers which have been dated at over 1000 years old.

The village at Mitchell is now open to the public and is an active archaeological  site.  Most of the investigation work has been done by a joint project between the University of Exeter in England and the Augustana College, Sioux Falls.  Students from both colleges work every year at the site which is classed on both the National Register and the Historic Landmark site.


The dig has been active for over ten years, however it is only recently that these breakthroughs have been occurring.  In fact the team have found more carbonized plant material in the last two weeks that in the previous 11 years.

The finds have some interest to students of agriculture especially relating to Native American Indians.  This has challenged the thoughts that in that period – the diet was not very diverse and barely subsistence which doesn’t appear to be the case.

Further work has been completed in this area and the team is hoping to tie in the research with similar projects across the world.  There is some expectation that the research will be published in the coming years, it’s worth checking out the relevant academic sites plus places like the BBC although you’ll need to invest in an online IP changer such as this to access resources which are blocked outside domestic access.

Henry Falling

With reference – BBC Ireland