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BBC Video: Birmingham, AL archaeologist discovers more Viking settlements in North America

BBC Video:  Birmingham, AL archaeologist discovers more Viking settlements in North America

This is a fascinating program, recently broadcast on the BBC.  The BBC funded a search for more Viking settlements on the shores of North America, using an archaeologist in Alabama, who is on the cutting edge of satellite remote sensing technology.  She is using the same ERSI software that I am using to hunt for Muskogean town sites in the Southeast.  She hit pay dirt!  

Keep in mind that while studying the nautical charts of  Giovanni da Verrazzano, I found the names of two Scandinavian towns on the coast of South Carolina or Georgia.  The map is such a small scale that I can’t pinpoint the locations.   Also,  Winya Bay, SC may be a Scandinavian word.  Well, it IS a Scandinavian word and the root of the Anglicized word, Vinland.   Jag taler Svenska!

The Vikings Uncovered is a high quality video, whose contents really has not been noticed by the media.  I think that you will enjoy it.


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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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