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April 19, 2017

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

Spiro Mounds to Host Archaeology Day

SPIRO, Okla. — Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center will hold it 12th annual Archaeology Day on May 6, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The site will celebrate its 39th year of increasing awareness of Oklahoma archaeology. As a bonus, Archaeology Day will be a free day with no entrance fees, although donations are gratefully accepted.

All day during the celebration, items will be given away by drawing and birthday cake will be served. If you have artifacts, like arrowheads or pottery, an archaeologist from the Oklahoma Archeological Survey will be on site to identify up to 10 items per person. 

Flint knappers Dave and Raydele Klostermeier will be showing off their stone tool making skills. Blowgun, stickball and Chunkee demonstrations will be available upon request. Lectures on local history and prehistory will be featured during the day. There also will be a guided tour of the site at 2 p.m. led by manager Dennis Peterson. Of course, the regular exhibits will be available throughout the day as well. If you would like more information about Archaeology Day events or how you can help, please contact Dennis Peterson at 918-962-2062 or spiro@okhistory.org.

The featured artist for May 2017 will be Caddoan artist Chase Kahwinhut Earles. He will display some of his pottery and other art during the month and will be at the site during Archaeology Day from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Earles uses traditional Caddoan throwing and firing techniques and both Spiroan and Red River Caddoan forms and designs. He will exhibit a new piece commissioned for Spiro Mounds during this show.

Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society and is located three miles east of Spiro, Okla., on Highway 9/271 and four miles north on Lock and Dam Road. 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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