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Architectural renderings of Amicalola Valley mound

Architectural renderings of Amicalola Valley mound


These renderings were added to the article on the newly discovered mound in Dawson County, Georgia after many of you had read the article.  This mound is unlike anyone that I have seen in North America.  I saw a few mounds similar to it in the highlands of Western Belize in Central America.



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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.



    I have been a student of Middle Chattahoochee history for almost 50 years, including Indian traders and villages, as well as Indian ownership of Russell County sections at the time of the Trail of Tears.

    Do you have anything about the Abercrombie Mound or the Muscogee- Creeks in the era of Little Prince?

    • Hey Louise,

      Yes, I do. I was paid to research for the entire Chattahoochee Valley in 2016. However, such research belongs to my client. Contact and ask for my reports on the sites around the Abercrombie Mound.

      Thank you for writing us.

      Richard Thornton


    Richard, it appears, pretty clearly on a topo map, there’s another, significantly larger pyramid shaped mound directly north of the mound mentioned in this article. Has there been any investigation of that area, as well? Keep up the good work. Happy New Year.

    • I can find no mention of anything in the Amicalola Valley in official publications of the University of Georgia’s Department of Anthropology. However, an anthropology professor wrote me an email yesterday, claiming that some archaeologist had been on the site in 1981. He did not say who he or she was and gave no specifics. The site is not listed in UGA’s official booklet on the Mississippian and Woodland Periods in the Georgia Mountains.


    Hello Richard,
    My family have lived in Senoia, Georgia for hundreds of years, the old people are now gone and we have lost the history of our Native past. The town is named Senoia after Princess Senoia of the MacIntosh Tribe of the Muskogee-Creek Nation. Princess Senoia was of the Wind Clan, but that is all we know of her. Can you help us with the history of our past and when we use to be Muskogee? Thank you for any help you can give.

    Barbara Middlebrooks-Nalls
    (The lost tribe)

    • Hey Barbara!

      Oh I know a lot about Senoia! LOL My first job after returning from working in Europe was in a very young Peachtree City. I designed the path system there and prepared the layout for Glenloch Village in PTC! On many a weekend, I biked around Senoia.

      Please contact me via We are forming a Creek tribe for North Georgia.


    If i sent you a google earth image of the 4 mounds around Century , Florida , could you see if it possible to do a rendering? I found 2 more possible mounds —on oil company land , which you cannot access , dangit — just across the river from the Rocky Mound site. And archaeologists did survey the site in about 1984 , but did not do a dig at Rocky Mound , only walked over it. They found that Sand Mound was actually an Archaic period Tallahatta quartz mine.

    • Matt, I have no idea how tall the mounds are or were, unless there was a topographic survey done along with the archaeological dig. Some satellite images on Google and ERSI are of such resolution that I can see people. Others are so fuzy that one can barely make out the mound’s footprint. I would have to look at the individula satellite map.


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