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What is really sad is that so many people that live here have never toured the site. The mounds are one of the most important Native American sites in the nation. The prehistoric people in Spiro were very sophisticated with influence that spread all over the region.
They had an extensive network for trading. They were very religious and also had a political system that controlled the entire region for thousands of miles. There is still mystery surrounding the site as to why it was abandoned.
There is some circumstantial evidence that leaders may have lost their influence due to severe drought. The mounds were occupied from around 850 A.D. to around 1450 A.D.
The Spiro Mounds site preserves 150 acres along the Arkansas River. There are nearly two miles of interpreted trails and a half mile nature trail. The center has interpretive exhibits, an introduction slide program and a gift shop. Tours can be arranged for groups if contacted a week in advance.
There are 12 known mounds at Spiro. Another interesting fact is that the mounds were constructed to create unique alignments when the sun rose and set on solstice and equinox days marking the key seasons.
On Dec. 21 there will be a Winter Solstice Walk at the Spiro Mounds. The tours will be given by Dennis Peterson starting at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 7 p.m. Each walk takes about two hours and will require a mile of easy walking.
If you wish to see the sunset you will need to take the 2 p.m. walk. It ends just before sunset which is when the alignment will take place. The fee for the tour is $3 for adults and $2 for children.
No reservations are required unless you are bringing a large group. If you need more information call 918-962-2062 or [email protected].
So save the date and put the Winter Solstice Walk on your bucket list.
Until next week…