ALIGNED PERFECTLY to capture the magic of the summer and winter solstices, the site of the Spiro Mounds in Spiro, Oklahoma (below), was once one of the largest and most successful trading cities of the Mississipp­ian people.

Populated from about 800 to 1450 AD, the burial mounds contained one of the greatest sources of ancient Native American cultural artifacts ever discovered, prompting

The Kansas City Star to call it “a ‘King Tut’ tomb in the Arkansas Valley.”

Despite decades of looting, the Spiro Mounds is now an archaeolog­ical site and curated museum that is open to the public for exploratio­n.

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