This Hidden Trail In Oklahoma Leads To A Magnificent Archaeological Treasure
Did you know Oklahoma is home to one of the most important American Indian sites in the nation? It’s true. Spiro Mounds is known worldwide for its vast collection of artifacts that were dug from one of the twelve mounds on the land. It’s the only prehistoric Native American archaeological site open to the public in Oklahoma, and you can take an easy walk along a trail to see these magnificent treasures.
Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center is located at 18154 1st Street in Spiro.
Here is an aerial view of Spiro Mounds which encompasses 150 acres of protected land. The center is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and run by the Oklahoma Historical Society.
This land was home to the Spiro people between 850 and 1450 AD. The site consists of the twelve original mounds, a village, welcome center, interpretive exhibits, gift shops and hiking trails.
There is almost two miles of interpretive trails on the land.
Which includes a half-mile nature trail.
It's an extremely peaceful and easy walk. You'll learn all about the sophisticated Spiro culture and how this spot was very important as an anchor city during the Mississippian period.
It's located close to the Arkansas River, which made Spiro Mounds the epicenter of many activities, including an extensive trade network.
Not only will you enjoy your easy hike, but you'll learn a great deal about this fascinating time in Oklahoma history.
There is an archeologist at the center to help answer any questions you might have and to lead special tours and hikes.
In the 1930s the mounds were excavated and many rare valuables were discovered.
You can view theses art pieces and artifacts in the exhibit building after you take your lovely hike to the mounds.
Have you ever visited Spiro Mounds? If so, what did you think about the easy hike and exhibits? If you have any tips for future visitors, please share them with our readers.
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