Spiro Mounds site to host spring solstice walks March 19

The Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center is the only prehistoric American Indian site open to the public in Oklahoma. 

SPIRO – On March 19, the Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center will host guided walks to share information about the spring equinox and how prehistoric people celebrated and dealt with the changes in the seasons.

There will be walks at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. led by archaeologist Dennis Peterson. Each walk will take about two hours and require a mile of easy walking. Peterson will tell about this prehistoric American Indian mound site, the types of mounds, why they were created, and why some of the mounds are lined up for the sunsets of the solstices and equinoxes. He also will share the history of the excavations, Native ceremonies and stories, tales of the unusual happenings associated with the mounds and answer questions.

Fees for these walks are $5 for adults and $3 for children in addition to the regular daily admission fee. Oklahoma Historical Society members do not pay the daily admission fee. No reservations are required, except for large groups. Visitors should use cash or checks for fees. Credit cards are not accepted.

Due to the continuing precautions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visitors are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. A maximum of 10 people will be allowed inside the center at any one time, although more can explore the trails. Visitors are asked to be patient as staff may need to rotate visitors in and out of the center to maintain the limits set by the state.

The Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center is the only prehistoric American Indian site open to the public in Oklahoma and is administered by the OHS. The center is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday. Daily admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for children older than 6 and $18 for a family.

The center is 3 miles east of Spiro on Highway 9/271 and 4 miles north on Lock and Dam Road. For information or to schedule a group or school tour, call 918-962-2062 or email spiro@okhistory.org.