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Summer Solstice Walks
Start your summer with a trip to Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center for a special guided tour on the summer solstice. On June 21 there will be three walks led by archaeologist Dennis Peterson starting at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 7 p.m. Each walk will include one mile of easy walking on paved trails and last about two hours. There is a fee of $5 per adult and $3 per child this event; cash or check only, please. Due to flood damage, the center is closed and will not be accessible during the tours. The tour will begin under the large water oak tree located in front of the center. Be sure to bring plenty of water and prepare for the weather.
Peterson will talk about the history of the mound site and the American Indians who built it more than 1,000 years ago. He also will talk about the reasons for the mounds and the alignment of some of the mounds to track the movement of the sun throughout the year. Peterson will tell the history of the excavations of the site by both archaeologists and looters. The 7 p.m. walk will allow the observation of twilight wildlife and a view of the sunset, which is the most important part of the event.
The Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center is the only prehistoric 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. If you need further information about the Summer Solstice Walks or the center, please call 918-962-2062.