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Take a break from your day and enjoy a series of virtual presentations over the lunch hour, Thursdays, March 4 – May 6. Hear subject experts discuss various topics related to the National Cowboy Museum Exhibition Spiro and the Art of the Mississippian World.
In 1935, a group of hard-up treasure hunters known as the Pocola Mining Company started an organized campaign to loot the Craig Mound at the Spiro site and sell off the spoils. The looters unwittingly stumbled into destroying the largest and best-preserved cache of pre-contact Native American art north of the Rio Grande. When the details of their finds began to leak out, the University of Oklahoma (OU) began a successful campaign to stop the destruction. After the looters were forced off the land, four young archaeologists from OU were tasked with supervising dozens of untrained field workers to excavate what was left of this incredible find. Dr. Amanda Regnier, Director of the Oklahoma Archeological Survey at the University of Oklahoma, will share the Craig Mound looting story, the battle to save the site and the adventures of the Work Projects Administration archaeologists in Depression-era eastern Oklahoma. This is a virtual event. The program is free, but registration is required. Login information will be sent prior to the event. Register by March 24.