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2016 Annual Meeting of the South Dakota Archaeological Society
This year's annual meeting will be held at the W.H. Over Museum in Vermillion, September 16-18, 2016.
The event will be hosted by the Department of Anthropology,
University of South Dakota, and the Vermillion Chapter of the SDAS, .
Hope to see you there!

What’s New:


9/28/12 - We have changed the late registration date for the annual meeting from September 28 to October 5.  Added a pdf version of the registration form and a map of Vermillion.


9/11/12 - OK, we have a date set for the annual meeting, and I have a lot of updating to do.  There may be some merchandise added to the registration form, so come back and check on it.  Input is welcome!


6/15/10 - Added a new page, "Additional Resources," with pdf versions of some past newsletters. Moved the additional links to this page and added an events calendar. Put a "unique visitors" counter on the home page.


5/29/10 - Getting the Annual Meeting information up early, and adding a section on volunteer excavations.  Ongoing editing of Membership and Publications pages.


4/11/09 - A long hiatus ... when I said I wasn't promising prompt and timely updates, I really wasn't thinking in terms of years. This time around, I will be more prompt, and will also be soliciting contributions from our various chapters. If you have something you would like on the web site before our annual meeting, forward it to Mike and he can get it to me. 


3/12/05 - This web site was created, replacing the sites previously maintained through the University of South Dakota Archaeology Laboratory and the Archeology Laboratory at Augustana College. A re-direct was placed on the USD server to bring this site to the top of a web search.


Plains Anthropological Conference:


The 70th Annual Plains Anthropological Conference will be held October 3 – 6, 2012, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada: 


2012 Plains Conference


Island in the Plains Conference:


The 20th Annual Island in the Plains Archaeological and Historical Symposium will be held at the Spearfish Holiday Inn on October 20-21, 2012, in Spearfish, SD.  The conference attracts speakers from a wide range of disciplines with research interests in the environmental and cultural history of the Black Hills.  Researchers, interested members of the public, teachers and students are all encouraged to attend and present papers.


Presentations are scheduled for all day on Saturday, and organizers are working on scheduling a field trip for Sunday, October 21.  A call-for-papers will be mailed very soon.


Third Sunday Lectures:


The Sioux Falls SDAS Chapter and the Archeology Lab at Augustana College host a series of lectures during the cold South Dakota winter months.  These presentations are held at Gilbert Science Center in the southeast corner of the Augustana College campus, and are free and open to the public.  2013 lectures will be announced later this fall.  Lectures that were presented in 2011:


January 16, 2011: “What’s New? A Potpourri of Minnesota Archaeology” by Bruce Koenen, Office of the State Archaeologist of Minnesota. 


February 20, 2011:  “Alpine Rock Cairns on Chichago and Baranof Islands, Tongass National Forest, Alaska” by William J. Hunt, Midwest Archaeological Center.


March 20, 2011: “Thundering Herds: The Great Buffalo Hunts of the Northern Plains” by Jack Brink, Curator of Archaeology at the Royal Alberta Museum, Edmonton.


40th Anniversery:


The year 2010 marked the 40th anniversery of the South Dakota Archaeological Society. Thanks to Nancy C. for bringing this to our attention.  From the abstract of John B. Gregg's article in the 1990 Journal of the SDAS:


"The South Dakota Archaeological Society, Inc., came into being March 19, 1970. The Society's 20th Anniversary was commemorated at its 1990 annual meeting."


Volunteer Digs:


No information at this time.


Archaeology Days:


Mark your calendars for the weekend of July 10-11, 2010, for Archaeology Days in Mitchell, SD, where exhibits and demonstrations will be presented at the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village.  Demonstrations include prehistoric stone and bone tool production, plant use, ceramic manufacture, and a host of other displays.  Hands on activities include throwing a spear using the atlatl, a kid's dig, and laboratory methods.  View archaeologists uncovering artifacts and excavating features and house floors during this season's field school, all within the comfort of the world class Archaeodome.  [Archaeology Days is an annual event.  Information for 2013 will be posted this spring.]

Inside the Archeodome at Mitchell, SD.


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