Dirt Hills

Dirt Hills Archaeological Tour Jul 28

Learn some local history at archaeological sites on this tour in the rolling Dirt Hills near Avonlea. U-drive this guided, 60 km roundtrip from the museum (high-clearance vehicle recommended). Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the prairie at the Man Effigy while stunning views from the Claybank Ceremonial Circle leave you breathless.

July 28, 2017 -
1:00pm to 3:30pm

Dirt Hills Solstice Tour

Learn some local history at archaeological sites on this tour in the rolling Dirt Hills near Avonlea. U-drive this guided, 60 km roundtrip from the museum (high-clearance vehicle recommended). Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the prairie at the Man Effigy while stunning views from the Claybank Ceremonial Circle leave you breathless. Visitors learn about celestial alignments at summer and winter solstices and how this large stone circle is like Stonehenge.

June 18, 2017 -
7:30pm to 9:30pm

Dirt Hills Archeological Tour

Attend this u-drive guided tour (about 60 kilometres roundtrip) to archaeological sites on private land in the Avonlea area.  First, we visit the Man Effigy to learn about stone formations and local history there. The tour continues to the Dirt Hills to see the Claybank Ceremonial Circle. Visitors are introduced to recently discovered celestial alignments on the summer and winter solstice and learn how this circle is like Stonehenge. Combine this with the tour to the Avonlea Badlands in the morning.

July 8, 2017 - 1:00pm

Dirt Hills Solstice Tour

Learn some local history at archaeological sites on this tour in the rolling Dirt Hills near Avonlea. U-drive this guided, 60 km roundtrip from the museum (high-clearance vehicle recommended). Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the prairie at the Man Effigy while stunning views from the Claybank Ceremonial Circle leave you breathless. Visitors learn about celestial alignments at summer and winter solstices and how this large stone circle is like Stonehenge.

June 21, 2017 -
7:30pm to 9:30pm

Dirt Hills Archeological Tour

Attend this u-drive guided tour (about 60 kilometres roundtrip) to archaeological sites on private land in the Avonlea area. First, we visit the Ridgway Man Effigy to learn about stone formations and local history there. The tour continues to the Dirt Hills to see the Claybank Ceremonial Circle. Visitors learn about celestial alignments at summer and winter solstices and how this large stone circle is like Stonehenge. We thank local landowners for allowing us to visit these sites. High clearance vehicles recommended, but not required.

July 16, 2016 - 1:30pm

Dirt Hills Solstice Tour

**  CANCELLED - due to poor weather conditions **

June 21, 2016 - 7:30pm

Avonlea Before the Plow

This fascinating art installation takes the viewer through four eras in the history of the plains. "The Life Before Man: Avonlea Under the Sea" exhibit is a wrap around mural with life-sized marine reptiles that lived in the sea which occupied the area of Avonlea 60 million years ago. A tipi ring exhibit includes a breath-taking 16' high diorama of the Dirt Hills and ceremonial circle overlooking the "living sky" of the Missouri Coteau with a Golden Eagle gliding overhead.

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