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A Computer Model is needed for the Fig Island complex

The more I look at details of the Fig Island, SC Shell Ring Complex, the more sophistication I see in them.  Shell Ring 2 is actually a hexagon.  There is some extremely complex things going on in the architectural details and spatial relationships between the objects.  It has be related to the sun, moon and stars.  Keep in mind that we are talking 2000 BC.  That is before the Olmec and Maya  civilization.

Could it be that the creators of the Olmec Civilization came from the South Atlantic Coast?   The Olmec Civilization began at about the same time that construction ceased on these shell rings.

The only way to find out is to create a three dimensional, architectural model with my computer.  This is what I did a few years ago with the largest mound at Ortona, Florida.   It turned out to be both a temple to the Maya goddess, Ixchel, and an observatory.  As you can see above, there are similarities.

Note that there are two temples within the compound that consist of a rounded mound within a semi-circular earthwork.  The only problem is that this compound was built about 2,700 years after the Fig Island, SC complex.  I have no explanation.

No one is paying me to do this, at less yet, but it needs to be done.  When the computer model is finished, it will be published on POOF.

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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.



    Very interesting post/article.

    This makes the origin of the Olmec even more mysterious and complex.

    In earlier posts/articles I’ve mentioned a possible link between
    Southeast-Asians (Austronesians?), possibly Oceanians (Melanesians?)
    and the aboriginals of the Yucatan (MesoAmerica).

    I have also proposed a theory that the aboriginals of Yucatan and the people of
    Souteastern North-America are linked to a possible sunken city(-state)
    off the westcoast of Cuba.

    Here is yet another theory you (all who are interested) may like to look into.

    In a recent study on the origins of The Malagasy people (Madagascar) it is proven
    by DNA samples that the major founding-populations came from Eastern Indonesia
    (Moluccas, Sumba, Flores, Sulawesi) which is geographically Island Southeast Asia.


    In another study there seems to be a link between Island Southeast Asia (Indonesian)
    and West Africa.


    Could it be that Southeast Asians / Oceanians have sailed westwards from
    Island Southeast Asia to Africa; setteling various islands (the Comoros, Madagascar)
    Eastcoast of Africa; sailing around the southern tip of Africa to make a landfall
    in West Africa before setting sail to the America’s (South America,
    Caribbean (Cuba?)/ Meso America, North America) perhaps even bringing along some native Africans?

    If these Sailors are somehow linked to the Olmecs;
    it could explain the various different types of Olmec heads / faces.

    These types can be: the Asian type, the somewhat Caucasoid (nordic?) type and the ‘theorized’ Negroid type.
    Keep in mind; many maritime people / sailors tend to take along people from other civilizations.


      Australoid peoples reached Australia/New Guinea, and then to Madigascar. Even though navigating such great distances accross the Pacific is difficult to imagine, some probably migrated to Easter Island and S. America. S. American Natives have traces of Polynesian DNA, as _Nature_ and other scientific journals reported earlier this year.


        Yes, it’s difficult to imagine that Australoid people could have sailed thousands of miles in pre Austronesian (Polynesian) times.

        I have read the scientific journals you are talking about and it makes me wonder if they (Australoids) actually had superior maritime technics and knowledge at the time that are now long forgotten.

        For the Austronesians / Polynesians it would have been easier to sail thousands of miles and reach South America (westcoast mainland America including North-, Central America) because their maritime knowledge and shipbuilding technics have surpassed the Australoid maritime knowledge by then.


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