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March 6th, 2019

The beginning of spring brings the blooming of flowers, greener grass and new growth. The Spiro Mounds Archeological Center is ringing in the beginning of spring a little differently this year.

On March 20, visitors can participate in a series of Vernal Equinox Walks at Spiro Mounds Archeological Center where they can learn from an archeologist about the spring equinox.

Walks will be available at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., led by archaeologist and manager Dennis Peterson.

Each walk is expected to be about two hours and require a mile of easy walking. Peterson will tell about this unique, prehistoric American Indian mound site, the type of mounds, why they were created and why some of the mounds are lined up for the sunsets of the solstices and equinoxes. He will also explain the history of excavations, Native ceremonies and stores, tales of the unusual happenings associated with the mounds and answer questions.

Tours are $5 for adults and $3 for children in addition to the regular entrance fee of $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for children. All forms of payment, such as checks and cash will be accepted; however, credit cards will not be accepted. No reservations are required except for large groups. The Spiro Mounds Archeological Center will also host the 32nd Annual Family Kite Flite Day Saturday, March 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Family Kite Flite Day brings together hundreds of people to fly kites and will also feature sandboxes, bubble making and arts and craft booths. Donated kits will be given away by drawing throughout the day. The event allows participants to visit the site free of charge.

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