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Astounding discoveries recently made in the Lower Chattahoochee Valley

Astounding discoveries recently made in the Lower Chattahoochee Valley

 

Mr. Thornton,

I’m a very interested avocational, and have found some very interesting artifacts in the Chattahoochee Valley area that directly connects the native culture with the Copper Culture in Wisconsin. We are currently having a piece of wood carbon dated that was preserved in the shaft of a copper spearpoint to establish a time period. We are basing our estimates at middle to late archaic due to the lack of pottery and presence of stone (not soapstone) bowls. We also found a complete basalt molcajete which, according to archaeologists, could not possibly be found in that particular area due to its origins in Central America. The copper items we have found aren’t just similar to the Copper Culture artifacts-they are identical. I was involved in the excavation of the Lake Jackson Mound complex in Tallahassee, Florida, and our family still possesses the copper celts, breastplates, pendants, etc. from the burial mound. I am very familiar with Mississippian copper, and the artifacts we have found are definitely not of that time period. I’d like to know more about the link between the Copper Culture and the southern states, if any has been documented. We are also very happy to see a link between MesoAmerican culture and the culture of the Southeastern natives. Archaeologists seem to scoff at this idea, because they can’t establish a definite connection that encompasses their “one size fits all” mentality. We have some artifacts that resemble designs seen in Central America, and it doesn’t take a great leap to connect the two. Of course, we have the luxury of not having to prove it to anyone so it’s much easier! I enjoy reading your articles and the common-sense approach you take about exploring the lost cultures. Keep up the good work and I hope to see more of yours in the future. Sincerely,

Tony Kidd

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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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  1. pres@gloriafarley.com'

    Awhile back there was work being done to try to determine native copper sources. This was sort of showing that there were differences in isotopic and trace element content between Great Lake copper and copper from Southern Appalachia. I don’t know where this research stands these days. But if there is a way to tell the difference, it would have a big impact on this topic.

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    • Yes, it would. When the gold miners arrived in North Georgia, there were still nuggets of almost pure copper laying on the ground in Fannin and Gilmer Counties. Most people don’t know this outside of the Dahlonega Area, but there was a large commercial copper mine just outside of Dahlonega, until the mid-20th century. It was a different type of copper than mined around Copper Hill, Tennessee. It also contained veins of natural brass – not ore, but actual metal.

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  2. jamesl1234@gmail.com'

    What part of the Chattahoochee??

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    • My impression that he is working along the lower Chattahoochee River near the Florida line.

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  3. markveale@hotmail.com'

    Richard, the (99.7 pure) copper mining culture of the Great lakes is another topic the universities have done little work on. The tools are a match for the Amorites tools used in “Kannai”(Canaan),and Sinai according to Fritz Zimmerman. As tools were changed over time… over there… the same changes to tools occurred around the Great lakes. They might have worked the mines in the North and sailed down the Mississippi to the Gulf for warmer weather in the Winter.
    They might be the same people that made the Triangular sites…Georgia, Azores, Moya Sicily, Cyprus and finally settled mostly in Syria. “and there were Giants among them” The Torah states and there were some Giant people here as well. On a old French map of South Carolina I noted a name called “olaga-taneis” the ending close to the spelling of “Tanit” goddess. Talimeco temple people?

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