South Dakota archaeologist and site featured on new PBS series

Team members with the new PBS series "Time Team America" excavate the corner of a frontier fort built by the U.S. Cavalry in 1865 to protect settlers in what is now South Dakota. (Credit: PBS/Doug Brazil) PBS’ new series "Time Team America" debuts at 7 p.m. tonight. The show "sends archaeologists on a race against time to excavate historic sites around the nation. The team has 72 hours to uncover the buried secrets of their assigned digs using the latest technology, decades of expertise and their own sharp wits."

One of the series’ team members is Adrien Hannus, professor of anthropology and director of the archeology laboratory at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Tonight’s episode was shot at Fort Raleigh, N.C. The last episode in the series’ debut season will air Aug. 12 and will feature Fort James, an abandoned 1860s military post near Mitchell, S.D. Hannus probably played a role in bringing the show to South Dakota, as he not only works in Sioux Falls but also has been instrumental in the development of the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village.

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.


  1. Carole Sanders
    Carole Sanders 21 June, 2011, 18:29

    Excellent information and pictures

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