Richard Thornton | Mar 17, 2017 | 1
BBC Video: The Lost Civilizations of the Amazon
Currently, I am preparing an academic-style paper for presentation to a conference. It is about the discoveries made by Mary Rae and I concerning “the South American Connection to the Southeastern United States.” There are very few books on the Lost Civilizations of the Amazon other than 1491, but some excellent videos produced by National Geo, plus British, Spanish and French public television.
I thought this one by the BBC was the best of several excellent films. If you are interested in learning more about this this subject, Google: Youtube – Amazon Geoglyphs, Llamas de Mojos, Terra Preta or Lost Civilizations in the Amazon.
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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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