Spiro Mounds, Archaeological Center

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Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center, N 1st St, Spiro, OK, USA
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Oklahoma's only archaeological park, is a 150-acre site encompassing 12 southern mounds which contain evidence of an Indian culture that occupied the site from 850 A.D. to 1450 A.D.

The Mounds are considered one of the four most important prehistoric Indian sites east of the Rocky Mountains.

Because of the great quantity of the materials recovered and the variety and vitality of its art forms, Spiro has been linked to the "Southern Cult," an association of mound sites built and utilized during the Mississippi period.

Spiro was an important center of commerce. The Spiro chiefs controlled trade between the vast reaches of the plains and verdant southeast woodlands. Other area villages recognized certain Spiro residents as political and/or religious leaders. They directed everyday farmers in the building of mortuary houses where the bodies of the high-ranking dead lay.

Many exotic religious rituals at Spiro centered upon the death and burial of elite members of the Spiro society. Other ceremonies included the celebration of planting, harvesting, and the changing of seasons.

The Park and Interpretative Center allow the visitors to acquaint themselves with the lifestyle of these prehistoric Indians through artifacts, displays, interpretive displays, period home, reconstructed mounds, and unexcavated mounds.

Interpretive Center Hours:Wednesday thru Saturday, 9:00am to 5:00pm; Sunday, noon to 5:00pm

Reservations required for the following:Group and school tours are available by appointment!

Location:Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center is located 2.5 miles east and 4.5 miles north of Spiro, Oklahoma on paved roads. Take SH-9 east of Spiro to the Lock & Dam Road.

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