Northwestern students visit Spiro Mounds Archeological Center

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Northwestern students visit Spiro Mounds Archeological Center

 house structure at Spiro Mounds Archeological CenterRalyssa Taylor, Alva sophomore, and Dr. Aaron Mason, associate professor of political science, explore the house structure on the walking trail site of the Spiro Mounds Archeological Center.

In connection with the Leviathan Society of the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Social Sciences Department and Institute for Citizenship Studies, Dr. Aaron Mason, associate professor of political science, and Dr. Eric Schmaltz, associate professor of history, recently accompanied two students to the Spiro Mounds Archeological Center near Spiro.

The group included Harold Henson and Ralyssa Taylor, both Alva sophomores.

The group took a scheduled tour through the Archeological Center before walking the trail site, which consists of 12 mounds as well as the re-creation of a traditional house.  Spiro was one of the major centers of Native North America‚Äôs Mississippian Civilization, containing at its peak a total population of more than 10,000.  With a wide trade network spanning much of what is now the continental United States, Spiro flourished between the 800s and 1400s A.D.

In early fall 2009 Mason and Schmaltz established the Leviathan Society at Northwestern. This informal group in the Social Sciences Department encourages students interested in topics on government, politics and history to participate in campus-sponsored activities and trips.  It consists of students majoring in political science and history, though membership is open to students of all majors.

 Walking Trail at Spiro Mounds Archeological Center

A portion of the walking trail of the Spiro Mounds Archeological Center near Spiro.

For more information about the Leviathan Society or the Institute, contact Mason at mason@nwosu.edu or (580) 327-8522 or Schmaltz at ejschmaltz@nwosu.edu or (580) 327-8526.

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