- Associated Press - Sunday, September 20, 2015

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - A garden showing a variety of plants that the first inhabitants of the Prehistoric Indian Village in Mitchell would have used 1,000 years ago is now open to the public.

The garden has 37 species of plants, including native roses, wild garlic, sunflowers, geraniums, wild plum and sage. Archeologists believe these plants would have been used for food, medicines and dyes.

The site is a 1,000 year-old Native American village being excavated by students from the University of Exeter and Augustana University. It is the only active archaeological site open to the public in South Dakota.

Executive director Cynthia Gregg says the plants selected to be part of the garden were carefully researched through pollen analysis of the site’s soils and through information gathered from Native American ethnology.

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