Sometime around 1200 AD, a tribe of native Americans lived by the Great Miami River. It must not have smelled so bad back then. But the natives left their stuff there for us to find (the first litterbugs perhaps?) And in the 1960's we did!
Seriously though, every school kid in Dayton loves to go to Sunwatch. It is like you are time trippin back to a prehistoric community of some sort. There are huts and people who tell you what it is all about and what they have found. If you have any love for archaeology you will be fascinated with it. I think I have been there at least 20 times in the 14 years I have lived here. Imagine a Colonial Williamsburg, but for pre-history. Plus, there is a gift shop where you can buy native stuff, like native american music.
SunWatch Village is a 1,000 year old native American village that has been excavated and partially restored. Included is a small museum.
The Village is named for the pole structure that exist in the middle of the village creating a stonehenge like calendar that line up the sun position on the solstices.
Sunwatch Village is one of Americas oldest inhabited sites, and the Poeple there have reconstructed it as best they can. They found it when it was proposed to build a sewage site there.
It was originally built in the 12th century, and much is known of the people who lived there. For more pics see travelogue