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May 16, 2022

Contact: Dennis Peterson
Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 918-962-2062

OU and OAS to Perform Archaeological Research at Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center

SPIRO, Okla. — On May 16, 2022, students and faculty of the University of Oklahoma and staff of the Oklahoma Archeological Survey began a month of excavations at Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center. Visitors are welcome to observe the research and ask questions at this unique learning experience until June 17.

Under the direction of Dr. Scott Hammerstedt, Dr. Amanda Regnier and Dr. Patrick Livingood, students will be excavating areas of interest from recent remote sensing projects. This is the first excavation at the site since 2014 and a great opportunity for students and visitors to see what real archaeologists do to understand the past. This experience is free with regular admission, and members of the Oklahoma Historical Society, Spiro Mounds Development Association and active military and veterans with ID cards get free admission.

Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center is the only pre-European contact site in Oklahoma open to visitors. The interpretive center and trails regularly are open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. The center is located three miles east of Spiro on Highway 9/271 and four miles north on Lock and Dam Road. For further information about the center, please call 918-962-2062 or visit www.okhistory.org/spiro.

Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.


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