2301 W. River Road
Dayton, OH 45417
(937) 268-8199


9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday: noon-5:00 p.m.
Closed on Mondays

Closed except for special events or by appointment.Call 937.268.8199 to book your group visit or field trip!

Closed: New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Easter

General Admission

Adults $7.00
Seniors (60+) $6.00
Students (6-17) $6.00
Members are always Free!



What is Archaeology

Dig at SunWatchArchaeology is the study of the human past through the analysis of material remains that are left behind by human activities. Based on the analysis of these remains archaeologists try to reconstruct the daily lives and customs of past societies and offer possible explanations for changes in societies and cultures over time. Click here to see a video clip explaining the depth and scope of Archaeology, presented by the Archaeological Institute of America.

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Children and Archaeology

Pump Drill

Lynn Simonelli, Vice President of Collections and Research for the Dayton Society of Natural History (the parent-organization of SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park and the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery), shares her adventures as an archaeologist and gives caregivers tips to help introduce their children to this fascinating field.

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Ohio Prehistory


Prehistory is defined as the period before the development of written records. The first written records associated with Ohio come from the mid-1600s, and this is considered the beginning of the historic period in this region. The Prehistoric Era in Ohio is divided into four periods: The Paleo-Indian Period (12,000-7,000 B.C.); The Archaic Period (8,000-500 B.C.); The Woodland Period (1,000 B.C.-A.D. 1,000); and the Late Prehistoric Period (A.D. 900-1,650). For more on Ohio Prehistory

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SunWatch Ongoing Research and Programs

House construction

SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park is a partially-reconstructed Fort Ancient period American Indian Village along the Great Miami River in Dayton, Ohio. The Fort Ancient culture as defined by archaeologists occupied the Middle Ohio River Valley between about AD 1000 and AD 1650 from what is now southeastern Indiana east to modern day West Virginia. For more information about SunWatch and the Fort Ancient peoples who lived in this area.

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Archaeological Institute of America

Archaeological Institute of America

Dig in to history!

Be part of the Dayton Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, and enjoy the individual and group benefits.


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