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Artifacts unearthed in 1884 Smithsonian excavation of Etowah Mounds on display for first time!

Artifacts unearthed in 1884 Smithsonian excavation of Etowah Mounds on display for first time!

The Tellus Museum in Cartersville, GA has pulled off a major coup.  In 1884 and 1885,  Cyrus Thomas and John P. Rogan excavated the upper part of Mound C at Etowah Mounds National Historic Landmark.  Several of the copper plates that Rogan excavated are now on display in the National Museum of the American Indian.  However, the majority of hundreds of artifacts have never been seen by the public or even other archaeologists.  A selection of the most interesting artifacts are now on display in the Tellus Museum for a year.  Here is the detailed info on the exhibit:

Etowah Exhibit at the Tellus Museum

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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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