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BBC Video . . . An introduction to the Minoan civilization

BBC Video . . . An introduction to the Minoan civilization


The Minoan Civilization would seem to be irrelevant to the focus of our studies, but by golly the Lower Southeastern United States seems to have been the crossroads of the Americas in earlier times.  A stone tablet containing Minoan Linear A has been discovered near the Chattahoochee River in Columbus.  Smithsonian Institute archaeologist, James Ford, found bronze weapons and tools near the banks of the Altamaha River’s mouth in the mid-1930s.  Un-verified Minoan A and B tablets have been found in several locations in Alabama and Tennessee.  Who knows what else lurks under the ground?

One thing is for sure.  The triangular temple, built of quarried stones, at the Nodoroc Mud Volcano in Winder, GA is NOT like anything else in the Americas and closely resembles the Early Bronze Age triangular temples on Sardinia, Corsica and Cyprus.  Something was going on back then that we don’t fully understand.

People of One Fire subscriber, Rita Roberts, is an archaeologist working on Crete.  Her focus in Minoan Linear A script.  Perhaps some day, Rita can help figure out what was going on back then!


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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.



    WOW Surprise surprise !! I must pass this onto my teacher . Have you a photo of this tablet Richard.?
    I only study Linear B but my teacher studies both Linear A and Linear B Thanks. for sharing this post.

    • Hey Rita

      I sent a copy of the tablet to your teacher, several months ago and he confirmed that it was indeed, Linear A. He said that this tablet would require him to adjust his theories on the presence of Minoans in North America. I will send you the photos.


        Oh O.K. I thought this was another find. I received the photo Thanks.


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