Spiro Mounds to celebrate ‘International Archaeology Day’

October is Archaeology Month in Oklahoma and internationally, and Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center will celebrate “International Archaeology Day” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 16.

SPIRO – October is Archaeology Month in Oklahoma and internationally, and Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center will celebrate “International Archaeology Day” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 16.

A lecture, a guided walk and many other activities will take place during the day. Expert flint knappers or stone toolmakers will be on hand to show off their skills. An archaeologist will be available to identify artifact collections for visitors during that same time. Educational games and activities will be available throughout the day.

Lectures about the prehistory and history of this region will start at 11 a.m. There also will be a guided tour of the site at 2 p.m. led by manager Dennis Peterson. Regular exhibits in the Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center will be available throughout the day as well. 

The center is the only prehistoric American Indian archaeological site in Oklahoma open to the public and is the perfect place to celebrate Archaeology Month, said organizers. 

Oklahoma Archaeology Month is sponsored and promoted by the Oklahoma Anthropological Society and the Oklahoma Public Archaeology Network and includes many more events (some virtual) throughout Oklahoma during October. For information, visit www.ou.edu/okpan.

The Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center is at 18154 First St. in Spiro. For information, call Dennis Peterson at 918-962-2062 or email spiro@okhistory.org.