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SunWatch Indian Village
Archaeological Park

2301 West River Road
Dayton, Ohio
Phone: 937-268-8199 --  TTY:

Statement of Purpose:

The Mission of SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park is to protect, preserve and research the cultural remains of the SunWatch National Historic Landmark archaeological site, and to serve as a visitor and educational center for archaeology, Native American culture, and heritage stewardship as they relate to the site.

SunWatch Indian Village is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark

Almost 800 Years ago a group of Ohio's early farmers, whom we call the Fort Ancient, settled along the banks of the Great Miami River in a place now known as SunWatch Indian Village.  Today, after 20 years of extensive archaeological excavation, analysis and reconstruction by the Dayton Society of Natural History, SunWatch offers a unique look into the lives of these early people.
The village and interpretative center opened to the public in 1988 and was the site was recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 1990 because of its contribution to Native American cultural history.

Highlights & Collections:

Visitors to SunWatch can see our introductory movie that details over 20 years of archaeological research at the site.  The museum includes artifacts recovered from the site, as well as displays discussing the various aspects of daily life in the village 800 years ago.  In the reconstructed village visitors can examine the stockade, houses, prairie and garden areas, and the cooking and work areas of the villagers.  You will also learn how the villagers developed a complex system of charting the movement of the Sun to schedule planting and harvesting.  Our gift shop offers many unique choices as well as a selection of books covering Native American culture and archaeology.  We also have many special events and classes for the public.


Fort Ancient culture and archaeology, monthly Family Days, Summer Lore classes, annual festival, Kids Days, Scout Days, craft classes, and overnight events. 
Call for information: 937-268-8199


Open Year Round
Tues. - Sat.:  9am-5pm
Sun.: Noon -5pm
Closed Mondays

Admission & Directions:


Key Personnel:

Site Manager/Site Anthropologist: Andrew Sawyer
Education Director: Jean Copas
Gift Shop Manager: Janet Williams

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