In 1873, pioneer anthropologist, Charles C. Jones, published his landmark book entitled, “Antiquities of the Southern Indians.” Jones made several intriguing statements in his book, which subsequent generations of archaeologists have often ignored. One of them was that early settlers in the southern tip of the Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont had encountered stone retailing walls, stone monuments, walled ceremonial sites and the ruins of stone buildings throughout the region. However, read virtually any authoritative reference on the indigenous peoples of North America today and it will most likely state that unlike the peoples in Mexico and South America, the Southeastern Indians did not build out of stone.
Since late winter of 2013 volunteers in the People of One Fire have been documenting stone Pre-Columbian architecture in their communities. In addition, some retired Native American school teachers have been tediously going through all the archaeological reports they could find, to identify previously studied sites with stone architecture. It is not known if they are grading the reports for spelling and grammar! The volunteers obtain the precise latitude, longitude and altitude of the stone ruins which appear to be Pre-Columbian then take photos. The archaeological sites are not disturbed in anyway.Read More