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A Dirty Little Political Secret from 2012

A Dirty Little Political Secret from 2012

How graduates of the Hillary Clinton College of Email Science unknowingly exposed a clandestine propaganda program

Oh what tangled webs mortals weave, when at first they begin to deceive.


In March 2012,  shortly after Jim Langford, past president of the Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologists, gave his famous speech to the Trail of Tears Association, which began . . . “This Maya thing is a bunch of crap!” . . .  a public relations officer in the US Forest Service,  added one of my email addresses to a list of political and financial supporters for the “Maya Myth-Busting in the Mountains” propaganda campaign.   It is an old email address, I seldom use now, but it was created over a decade ago, when I was president of the Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association.  The names of 40 Georgians were on the list.  They included some quite incompetent archaeologists, University of Georgia professors  and wealthy political partisans, who believed that any corrections to mistakes on historical markers, were direct attacks on family values.  

Then there were those who feared a tidal wave of undocumented Maya immigrants into the United States and a Marxist coup d’etats by Creek and Seminole Indians around the country.  Pretty soon their daughters would start bearing grandchildren, who looked like Creek Indian celebrities Susan Harjo, Carrie Underwood, Pernell Roberts and Burt Reynolds.  Oh horrors!

The purpose of the Maya Myth-busting Campaign was to block any attempts to publicize the Track Rock Terrace Complex in Georgia newspapers and TV stations, plus block the broadcast of such information by national TV networks.  What the security screw-up revealed was that there is a secret federal government, which is neither Democratic nor Republican, but rather operates according to its own occult agenda.  Those involved, freaked out when the History Channel executives decided to move ahead with a program on “the Mayas in Georgia” even after being illegally banned from filming stone ruins in the Chattahoochee National Forest. 

From April 2012 till December 21, 2012 something in the range of $50,000 or more taxpayers’ dollars was spent via direct expenses and federal employee time in an effort to discredit in advance the premier of the History Channel’s America Unearthed on December 21, 2012.   Keep in mind that this was a documentary film that dealt with events, which occurred a thousand years ago!

Initially,  I was only emailed copies of general plans for the propaganda campaign. The plan was to attack me personally and give the impression that nobody else in the world thought that Mesoamerican immigrants journeyed to North America.  This strategy was a little awkward since a PhD in Anthropology had recently published a article, describing the Maya words in the Choctaw language.  Republican leaders in the Dahlonega, GA area where I live, were instructed to spread the word here that I was crazy and that Republicans should laugh at me when they saw me in public.  Leftists were to be told that I was an uneducated hick, whose views were unscientific.

The boo-boo multiplied as time went on.  Computers automatically store email addresses of senders.   Apparently,  many of the US Forest Service and Cherokee bureaucrats were graduates of the Hillary Clinton College of Email Science.  They were very sloppy with their email security.  I didn’t have to do anything the least bit illegal.  They faithfully copied their emails to me through their own “email address books.”  My email address spread to the servers of several federal agencies, both Museums of the Cherokee Indian in Oklahoma and North Carolina,  other members of the “Band of 40” and to the Cultural Preservation Offices of all three federally recognized tribes . . . plus the computers of several collaborators in the Georgia Division of Historic Preservation AND a  reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.   I was assured a few weeks ago that this particular collaborator is no longer employed by the AJC.  

In June 2012, I wrote an article in the Examiner, which showed photos of the 100+ trees cut down on the Track Rock Gap Access Trail in advance of a planned hike by members of the California Sierra Club.  The public relations office of the US Forest Service dutifully copied me email instructions that went out to USFS employees, telling them what lies to tell in order to cover up the travesty.   When a wildlife biologist from the Northwest was transferred to Georgia in order to be the archaeologist-spokesman for Maya Myth-Busting,  members of the Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologist loyally emailed me their plans for covering up the lack of his knowledge of the subject.

Here is another humorous example,  the Cherokee Cultural Preservation Offices sent out emails to other federally-recognized tribes “to stand united behind Cherokee leadership in its fight to keep whites from stealing a Cherokee Sacred Site in the Georgia.”   The memo didn’t mention that Track Rock Gap was in the territory of the Upper Creeks until 1786 . . . and of course,  the Cherokees were nowhere around a thousand years ago when the stone terraces and buildings were constructed there.   Well, they also didn’t mention that I carry a lot more Native American DNA than any of the Cherokee bureaucrats involved and was the Architect of the Trail of Tears Memorial in Tulsa.  By the way . . . I also carry Maya DNA test markers.

My professors in Naval Science at Georgia Tech were outstanding US Navy and Marine officers.  Two had been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.  However,  I had no clue that what they taught me would have its greatest application in the second decade of the 21st century.  LOL

The sloppy security of the Maya Myth Busters had left the conspirators wide open for a standard Naval Intelligence disinformation attack.  My Examiner articles intentionally goaded them into focusing on Track Rock Gap and me personally . . . when I secretly knew that the History Channel planned to send a crew to Mexico to interview some high respected Mexican archaeologists, who had been trained by the same world-famous archaeologist, who mentored me . . . Dr. Román Piña Chán.  I never dreamed, though, that the University of Minnesota scientists would find a 100% match between attapulgite mined in Georgia and Maya blue stucco on a temple in southern Mexico.

On the week of the December 21st premier of America Unearthed,  the US Forest Service spent over $10,000 to sponsor banquets, public presentations and the cost of bringing tribal bureaucrats from Oklahoma and North Carolina to North Georgia.   The Native American bureaucrats were hosted, wined and dined.  Meanwhile, email memos were flying fast and furious between public relations officers at the US Forest Service and certain professors at the Department of Anthropology at the University of Georgia.

One female professor had made a special trip to Atlanta to prove me an academic fraud.  The US Forest Service and professors planned to hold a press conference on Monday after the airing of the History Channel program to expose this fraud and refute the TV program. 

Her report emailed to the other professors was berserk.  She told them that they had to cancel any comments about educational qualifications from their press conference.  Everything in my bio was true.  I had won the first Barrett Fellowship and I had taught Mesoamerican Architecture at Georgia Tech.  The thesis that I wrote after returning from Mexico got an A . . . as did my Architectural Thesis and my Urban Planning Thesis.   Not only that, she found records where I had given lectures on the subject at their department, plus at Georgia State University and the University of West Georgia.  I had forgotten all about these lectures.   Of course, all this occurred before the young professor was ever born.

All of the planned criticisms by the University of Georgia professors typified the micro-scale mentality of their profession these days.   It focused on the potsherds, excavated in three test holes at Track Rock.  However, these Dixie academicians, even those who had dug at Maya sites, knew so little about the Mayas that they didn’t know that the redware at Track Rock Gap was identical to about 90% of the pottery made by the Maya Commoners.  The redware in Georgia has an English name, while Maya potsherds, classified by Mexican archaeologists, have Maya names . . . so the two redwares couldn’t possibly be made by the same ethnic group, could they?

Sucker-punched by my disinformation strategy, the University of Georgia professors were totally unprepared for what was actually the focus of the History Channel Program.   The portion of the TV program about Track Rock Gap was relatively brief.  Only about 5 minutes of the 6 hours of filming me, were in the final cut.  The History Channel paid for a surveying company to fly a LIDAR scan over Track Rock Gap.   The scan perfectly matched the three dimensional computer model that I had created by measuring the half square mile ruins with LASER and conventional measuring devices.  There was not much anyone could say negative-wise.   The press conference, attacking the History Channel program, was never held.

The three small gorgets on this sign are copies of artifacts excavated at Etowah Mounds, GA by archaeologist Warren Moorehead in 1925.

One final gasp of a lost cause

In September March of 2015 there was one final gasp of Maya Myth Busting in the Mountains.  Throughout her employment at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian,  Barbara Duncan has claimed that the Cherokees built all the mounds in North Georgia, including Etowah Mounds. 

In March 2010 at the Stecoah Community Center in Graham County, NC , she told me to my face that the gorget above, which is the symbol of their museum, was made by Cherokees and found on the reservation.  I asked to see it.  She responded that it was currently being cleaned.  In May 2010, I asked the same questions to a docent at the museum and got exactly the same response.   Actually, the gorget was excavated over a century ago in southeastern Missouri and is on display at the Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.   Similar gorgets have been unearthed at Cahokia, IL, Moundville, Alabama and near Columbus, GA . . . but not in Western North Carolina.

During a full length film, funded by the Eastern Band of Cherokees and broadcast by PBS,   Duncan stated that (1) “the Cherokees were the first humans in the New World and once occupied all of the Americas,” (2) “the Aztecs and Mayas are the descendants of the Cherokees and (3) “the Cherokees were the first people to cultivate corn, beans and squash.”   Those statements don’t even deserve comment.

The last straw for me remaining silent was when she described Clovis points as being made by the Cherokees in an Asheville Citizen-Times article. This article was distributed around the nation on RSS feed and presented as scientific fact.  I wrote an Examiner article about her continued dubious statements to the media.

Duncan later sent out the email below to considerable number of recipients around the country, including me . . . using my old “Maya Myth Busting”  email address.   I don’t know why she wrote that I said that “the Mayas have died out.”   They seemed quite alive, when I have been around them.   However, the North Carolina Cherokee Reservation is a strange place.  People in influential positions will make totally ludicrous statements . . . These statements will bounce around the reservation and come back as “sacred history, passed down by Cherokee elders for hundreds of years. “

I wrote her back that I had been thoroughly entertained by her emails sent to me since 2012 and included a photo of  the huge model of Etowah Mounds that I built in 2007, which sits under the Great Seal of the Muscogee Creek Nation . . . never heard from the Maya Myth Busters again.


Mass distributed email from Dr. Barbara Duncan

Sent: Monday, September 07, 2015 7:23 AM

The most obvious is that the Maya people did not “die out” as he claims, and relocate to Georgia. More than four million Mayan people live in central America and continue to speak their ancestral Mayan language.
–Thornton claims to be Creek, but the Muscogee Nation and Poarch Creek Nation, the two federally-recognized Creek tribes, do not recognize him. Both they and they the Eastern Band have serious concerns about his work.
–His most recent article has numerous errors that show he did not do the most basic fact-checking.
–In addition to erroneous details, his work shows a lack of understanding of the broad principles and findings of the fields of archaeology, anthropology, and history.

Of course, everyone is entitled to his opinion, and free speech has given him a platform. These are my personal opinions.
Neither the original article or the edits, as described by The Guardian, accurately reflect Cherokee history and pre-history in north Georgia. Richard Thornton’s work is not creditable regarding the Maya or the Cherokees.


Barbara R. Duncan, Ph.D.
Education Director
Museum of the Cherokee Indian
589 Tsali Blvd. P.O. Box 1599
Cherokee NC 28719
phone: 828 497-3481 x 306
fax: 828 497-4985

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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.



    Is there a Creek word for Karma? It would seem appropriate here.

    • It’s English words . . . always be observant. The Navy SEAL officer (Medal of Honor) taught us to always be observant . . . whether driving your car down the expressway or in a hostile jungle. When you are young like I was, you don’t realize how important the advice of those who are more older and experienced is, until you get into situations where being vigilant will keep you alive. Most car accidents happen because the driver stops constantly watching his or her surroundings. They call it driving defensively.

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        Richard, that’s really cool to have had navy seal professors! We’re they both ex navy seals? What year did they teach?

        • The Marine Colonel was infantry. He got his Medal of Honor at Pork Chop Hill. The Navy Lieutenant was assigned to the Mekong River. He served two years of duty in Viet Nam. Twice almost all of the enlisted men under his command were killed or wounded. The second time, he received the Medal of Honor for risking his life to save all of his men, who were still alive. That is why he stressed that the quickest way to get killed or wounded in combat was to not constantly be watching all of your environs, including the ground. The Navy lieutenant shocked us one day by saying, “The United States Navy is the greatest military organization in the world (I agree!) but you would be wasting your lives if you go to Viet Nam. I plan to make the Navy my lifetime career, but I urge you to avoid service in Viet Nam, if all possible.”

          Both officers were at Georgia Tech in the late 1960s and early 1970s. By the time, I graduated, the US had pulled almost all its combat troops out of Viet Nam and the Navy was retiring over 100,000 officers. They had no need for me as an Active Duty Sea Bee officer, unless I wanted to give a 10 year commitment to get a PhD in International Affairs and be a career Naval Intelligence officer. However, I did do “chores” for Naval Intelligence overseas after graduation as an Inactive Reserve officer. Active duty officers have to put that information on their US Passport . . . which would have been a problem for me entering certain countries to do those “chores.” I had to sign one of those 20 year non-disclosure agreements because of those chores. For example, I was at the second day of the PLO Terrorist Attack on the Israeli athletes during the Munich Olympics.

          So . . . although having only positive memories of my association with the US Navy, I cannot call myself a veteran.

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    Isn’t it kinda funny how the word Cherokee sounds a lot like the Quechua Inca word Charqui?

    Especially since there are no r’s in the famous Cherokee alphabet? However there are r’s used in the Quechua alphabet…

    So basically the Cherokee are jerky eaters or jerky makers. Does this mean that they were wanderers or traders as jerky is preserved traveling food?

    Language is a curious beast.


      On second thought, maybe it’s just a tongue and cheek way of saying they’re just jerks in general? Infiltrated by other groups with political agendas and all that?



    When money becomes involved, truth and morality seem to be in short supply. You see this in so-called man-made Global Warming and in North American Indigenous Aborigine (NAIA) gambling casinos. After attending 2 different colleges decades apart, I can attest to the ample supply of liars and cowards in the “Ivory Towers”. Keep up the Good Fight because Truth comes out in the end…usually when no one cares about it anymore. smh


    Revealing story, Richard, and most troubling. As usual, I commend your efforts.
    I pray that you may continue to fight the fight to expose the lies. I also pray for your safety.
    God bless.


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