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A map of Scandinavia

A map of Scandinavia


There seems to be a connection between the stone ruins that we are now documenting in Northeast Georgia and Bronze Age Scandinavia, so I thought readers might want to get a better understanding of its geography.   On short notice, in early August of 1972, I was pulled off my official job at the Landskrona Stadsarkitektkotoret and asked first to travel to Stockholm to meet with a Swedish woman, who had previously lived in Atlanta. There I introduced “ice tea” to the chefs of Swedish restaurants.  LOL I then traveled northward to Lapland, where I was to be a surrogate boyfriend/bodyguard for an Austrian biologist-army officer, while she traveled around the boonies up there. There were virtually no paved roads at the time.  She was from the western edge of Austria, where a band of Sami had settled eons ago.  So we looked like a cute, young Sami couple.  She couldn’t tell me what she was doing, but I think she was taken samples of vegetation that had been contaminated by fallout from Soviet nuclear bomb explosions and reactor accidents.  By analyzing the chemicals, it was possible to determine much about the nuclear explosions.  Since somebody else was paying for my little vacation, I took advantage of the opportunity and explored Norway on the way home to Landskrona. 

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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.



    Richard, Just read your article on the connection of the merchants of Nordic peoples doing trade with North America. Clearly the experts of American history who wrote the books… still being taught in universities never did any research. This is more evidence that man has been crisscrossing the Oceans for a very long time. The rat viruses from Europe being found in the Western states would indicate an Asian trade group existed as well ( fire works displayed in 1600 Virginia when a Mico died?) Thanks for more Great articles.

    • Without a time machine, one cannot be absolutely sure, but there is a lot more evidence to back occasional Pre-Columbian trade contacts than there is to back the current version of history.


        Richard, As I have always thought trade Seaport cities did exist for thousands of years on both sides of the Atlantic.. Savanna (3400 BC). Another connection is the Pleiades (πλεῖν plein) “Sailing ones” for these mega stone age maritime peoples as far as the Eastern Mediterranean (Sardinia) with some of these supersized (6.5-7.5) feet people. “With the Hubble Telescope, it was discovered about ten years ago, that there is a place where stars are born in a great spiral that originates at the site of the Pleiades.” “In the Early Preclassic Site of Ujuxte, the central plaza appears to have a celestial alignment that coincides with the rise and fall of the Pleiades.” Do you know what the Creek and Cherokee called that sign? Thanks again.

        • I do not know what the Creeks called the Pleiades, but keep in mind that the Creeks were a confederacy of over 24 ethnic groups, so there could have been multiple names.


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