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Astronomical Orientations of Southeastern Town Sites

Ohio Archaeologist, William Romain, has embarked on a monumental task that will probably keep him busy for the rest of his life. Using high tech equipment and software, he is analyzing the site plans of all the major Southeastern Native American town sites to determine their relationship to the terrain, sun, moon, planets and stars. Dr. Romain is best known for his studies of Hopewell and Adena Culture sites. What he is doing now is applying the methodology that he developed for Hopewell and Adena sites to a much broader cultural spectrum.

If interested in learning more about what he is doing, you can access his web site at: Ancient Earthworks Project  

He said that viewers are welcome to comment in his blog page within the web site . . . or even tip him off about something in the web site that is not working right.

Y’all have a blessed week!

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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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