Sioux Falls in Minnehaha County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Indian Burial Mounds
In these mounds were buried the physical remains of Indians who lived in eastern South Dakota 1600 years ago. Radiocarbon testing established the time of the burials. Known to archaeologists as the Woodland Indians, they moved westward from the eastern forests, changing from deer hunting to the pursuit of buffalo on the vast Dakota grasslands.
As hunters they lived in temporary shelters but left these mounds as permanent monuments to their dead. Later, Dacotah and other Indians roamed this area, also burying their dead in these same mounds.
In 1962 the University of South Dakota excavated the second mound from the east. In it were found the skeletons of four Woodland Indians and a later adult burial. Also found was the skeleton of a horse, probably buried within the last l00 years. Fragments of cooking pots were scattered among the remains of the Woodland Indians.
Only the skulls and large bones of the Woodland Indians were buried. As was the custom with many of the Plains Indians, the dead were first laid on scaffolds and at a later date the largest bones were buried in the earth.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Man-Made Features • Native Americans.
Location. 43° 32.071′ N, 96° 45.727′ W. Marker is in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in Minnehaha County. Marker is located in Sherman Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3410 W 22nd Street, Sioux Falls SD 57105, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Linear Mound (here, next to this marker); Ceremonial Dance Circle (within shouting distance of this marker); The Fifth Mound (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mound Builders Village (about 500 feet away); Sherman Park (about 700 feet away); E. A. Sherman (about 700 feet away); Sherman Centennial Plaza (about 800 feet away); The Big Slide (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sioux Falls.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 19, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 19, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 143 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 19, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.