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Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center, Spiro

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The mounds at Spiro, Oklahoma, are among the most important archaeological remains in the United States. A remarkable assemblage of artifacts from the mounds shows that prehistoric Spiro people created a sophisticated culture which influenced the entire Southeast. There was an extensive trade network, a highly developed religious center, and a political system which controlled the region. Located on a bend in the Arkansas River, the site was a natural gateway between societies to the east and the west, a gateway at which Spiro people exerted their influence. Yet much of the Spiro culture is still a mystery, including the reasons for the decline and abandonment of the site.
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  • Beautiful archelogical area where the Indians camped on their journeys by the Arkansas River. They have discovered lots of dishes and tools where they stayed. Mounds where they camped.  more »
  • This was kind of a disappointment. I could not walk the grounds that day because a previous stop had burned all my walking for the day. The open mound site is huge. The associated museum, not so much....  more »
  • You pay $9 to walk an open field. All the signs need updated as you can no longer read what you're looking at. They do offer you a book to drag with you the two miles to read what the signs used to sa...  more »
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  • It was hot. Not much relief from the sun. Offering of umbrellas would have been nice.
  • The inside of the museum seemed well-kept. Most of the pieces in the museum are replicas. My dad and I were the only ones there. I asked the guy at the desk how long the trail is and was instructed to read the map. I could tell that he did not want to be there. Some of the plaques outside are so old and weathered that they cannot be read. There was a narrow strip of grass mowed on each side of the paved trail. The fields and the mounds were covered in small trees and nearly waist high grass. Only saw a few pieces of trash.
  • Could not go into the park due to not having cash. The website does not say anything about a cash only policy.
  • A very fascinating place and look into ancient Native American cultures in eastern Oklahoma.
  • The staff (the site's one employee) was very well versed in the history and construction of the site, but he constantly interjected his own opinions on the government, man-made climate change, and economic class (with noticeably racial undertones) into his explanation of the site. The single employee running this place needs to be allowed to conduct research (away from visitors) and people trained to speak in public should be hired to interact with guests. I can't recommend visiting the place as is, but it deserves far more public support than it is receiving!