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Ancient Roots

Ancient Roots I: The Indigenous People & Architecture of the Southern Highlands, by Richard Thornton

ancient roots 1The author has spent the past three years studying and photographing the Native American settlement sites in the mountains of Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina. This beautiful book is the artistic product of his research. It contains 136 full color photographs, virtual reality computer drawings and three dimensional topographic maps – all created by the author. The book includes translations of many “Indian” place names into their original Muskogean or Cherokee form and then into English.

Ancient Roots II: The Indigenous People and Architecture of the Etowah Valley, by Richard Thornton

ancient roots 2Ancient Roots II features never before seen virtual reality images of all periods of the Etowah Valley’s indigenous residents. It is both a photographic journey made by the author down the Etowah River of Georgia – from its beginnings at the nation’s second highest waterfall to the Coosa River – and a detailed study of the Native American settlements in the region from 10,000 BC until 1838. It contains over 200 photographs & images – most of which are original art by the author. The book features photographs of the large model of Etalwa, that the author built for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in Oklahoma. Note – AR II contains some drawings of topless Indian women – which is an accurate portrayal of their appearance in the warm months. The book would probably be inappropriate for very young children

Ancient Roots III: The Indigenous People & Architecture of the Ocmulgee-Altamaha River Basin, by Richard Thornton

ancient roots 3 Ancient Roots III is the result of a lifetime of research by the Architect-Author. He began his career exploring ancient ruins in the jungles and mountains of Mexico and now continues to provide those experiences to the study of his own Native American culture. The author provides clear linguistic, architectural and artifact proof of contact between the Mayas and the ancestors of the Creek Indians. This fascinating book contains 136 full color pages and over 300 images – most of which are original artwork or photographs by the author.

Ancient Roots IV: The Architectural Heritage of the Muskogean Peoples, by Richard Thornton

ancient roots 4This is the first ever comprehensive study of the architectural traditions of the Muskogean tribes of the Southeast. The book contains over 300 color virtual reality images and photos. Most of illustrations and photos are the original creative work of the architect-author, who is of Creek Indian heritage. Included in the illustrations are photos of the large town models he has built for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. The book is designed for a broad range of readers from architects & archaeologists to students to those just casually interested in Native American cultures. It is fully indexed and referenced for use by researchers. Ancient Roots IV is a must have for all archaeologists, who work on Southeastern archaeological sites.

Ancient Roots V: The Southern Highlands, In 3 Parts, by Richard Thornton

ancient roots 5Ancient Roots V: Part one is the first of a comprehensive three volume study on the Native Americans of the United States’ Southern Highlands. Part One discusses the natural environment of the region, the archaeological record, plus riverine & land based trade routes. the architect-author has lived most of his life in the Highlands and is of Creek Indian ancestry.

Ancient Roots V: Part two of a three volume series on the Native Americans of the Southern Highlands. It is the result of seven years of research by the author and a lifetime of living in the Southern Highlands. This particular volume addresses the ways that Native Americans obtained nutrition and the architecture they built.

Ancient Roots V: Part three is the research report on the author’s three year investigation into the Native American occupation of the Southern Highlands prior to its colonization by English-speaking settlers. It reveals many unknown facts about these ancient people. One of the most interesting discoveries was that at least 17 ethnic groups occupied the region in 1540. However, all, but one province, had leaders with Muskogean titles and the leader with a non-Muskogean title was still subject to a Muskogean Great Sun (king.) 76 pages – 36 never-before-seen virtual reality images of Native American towns.

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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.

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