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Computer model of the Track Rock Terrace Complex

This is a virtual reality image of the computer model I created, using a GPS device and a laser measuring device.   If you recall the History Channel program on December 21, 2015,  the computer model matched perfectly the LIDAR scan, commissioned by the History Channel.  The ruins rise 600 feet above Track Rock Gap.  They cover approximately a half square mile.

Spanish traders visited this town in the late 1500s to purchase gold, diamonds, rubies and sapphires.  They called it “Great Copal” because the Itsate priests in the temples of the acropolis burned Copal incense night and day.

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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.



    oh my gosh…can you just imagine???


    On their way to Oak Island!


    I am interested in visiting this site to see the Vent”
    There appears to be a connection to the site above the forest service obstructed trail.
    Has anyone taken this side trail to the vent? Or will we have to traverse the obstructions to get to this path?

    • Charles, the Vent Trail was obstructed too, but local residents, who are furious with the USFS have pulled away as many of the obstructions as possible. It is best to got there after frost because the trail has grown up so much with thorns and poison ivy.


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