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Archeologist William Romain proposes new interpretation of the Great Serpent Mound

Dr. William Romain is best known for his scientific studies of the Hopewell and Adena ceremonial sites. He is a subscriber to our POOF newsletter. I know him personally and have the highest respect for his professional work. When he puts his name on a published article, one should pay close attention.

The URL for the Summary of his Report that was published in the Journal of Archaeological Science.

Some of you have read my critiques of historic preservation architects and contractors, who debate various approaches to restoring historic buildings without having a clue about the chemical and micro-structural changes in a specific building’s components over time. Many of you have read my critiques of archaeologists, who speculate on the age and purpose of Native American structures without carrying out rigorous scientific, geo-spatial, architectural and cultural analysis. None of those criticisms apply to Bill Romain. I urge you to study his web site.

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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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