Did Savannah begin 5,600 years ago as a port for the ships of Atlantis?
At least, 2 man-made harbors, 4 earthen mounds and a 700 feet long shell mound adjoined the Bilbo Mound in Savannah. Analysis of soil strata suggests that the Bilbo Mound began as a man-made island in a circular man-made port. This is exactly the design of contemporary ports in Northwestern Europe, associated with the legend of Atlantis.
In November 2015, People of One Fire readers were introduced to the Bilbo Mound in Savannah, GA. It is the oldest known public architecture in North America, but is virtually unknown by both residents of Savannah and the archaeology profession as whole. The reason is that when highly respected archaeologists Joseph Caldwell, William Haag and Antonio Waring excavated the mound, none of their professional peers believed what they discovered. Professional journals refused to publish their reports. Caldwell found pottery around Savannah that dated from around 2300 BC. Haag, a Louisiana archaeologist, who later became internationally famous for his work at Poverty Point, was one of the earliest experts on radiocarbon dating. He dated carbon particles, attached to artifacts at the lowest level of the Bilbo Mound to 3545 BC. Haag was also a professional geologist. He is a researcher, whose work can be trusted.
To read what we knew about the Bilbo Mound in late 2015, go to: The Bilbo Mound
To read an updated account of the Bilbo Mound from 2009, which was provided by a POOF reader in 2016, go to: The Bilbo Mound – 2009
At the time of the work by William Haag, fellow archaeologists refused to believe that the oldest pottery in North America was near Savannah and that the oldest architecture was also in Savannah. The University of Georgia’s anthropology professors, all of whom were educated in the Northeast, assigned a much younger date for the mound, c. 1800 BC, and that became orthodoxy. You have to remember that this was during the height of disturbances associated with the Civil Rights Movement. Many academicians around the United States illogically assumed that the ancestors of the Creek Indians were backward because they considered the descendants of the whites, who stole the Creeks’ land, to be backward. Of course, this is poppycock, but such were the times.
There is very important cultural information that none of the archaeologists considered. Both Mikko Tamachichi and Paracusati (High King) Chikili told British officials in the new colony of Savannah that “the first city” built by the ancestors of the Creek Indians was located where Downtown Savannah now sits. They also both stated that their first “emperor” was buried in an earthen mound southeast of Downtown Savannah. It is now called the Indian King’s Mound. Furthermore, when Georgia was founded in 1733, the Creeks were still calling themselves Aparashi (Apalache) or Parashi (Palache). These are Panoan words from Peru, which essentially mean “Sea People” . . . the same term for the wandering maritime peoples, who brought down several Bronze Age civilizations. These “Sea Peoples” seem to be the origin of the Atlantis Legend in Classic Greek literature. Atlantis seems to have been an early Bronze Age city in western Europe or perhaps somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean.
The indigenous Guanche People of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean have consistently claimed that they were descended from survivors of Atlantis, after the city was destroyed. What most people DON’T know is that in early times, the Guanche built stone pyramids and practiced human sacrifice to their sun god, by cutting out the hearts of victims. The sacrificial altar used by the Guanche was virtually identical to that used by the Mexica (Aztecs).
In 2017, People of One Fire has featured several articles, which proof a cultural connection between a Bronze Age civilization in southern Scandinavia and southwest Ireland, with the petroglyphs in North Georgia. The Tugaloo Stone even portrays three ships, typical of Bronze Age Scandinavia. So we are not in the realm of speculation or fantasy on this topic. The glyph for the High King in Bronze Age Sweden became the glyph for the High King in Georgia and among the Mayas.
Computer model under construction
Since 2015, I have been periodically studying William Haag’s and Antonio Waring’s reports on the Bilbo Mound, plus studying detailed topographic and soils maps. I found Haag’s scaled site plan of the area around the five mounds and of the Bilbo Mound itself.
It is pretty obvious that ancient peoples dug two harbors off of the Savannah River at swampy estuaries. Who started the project is speculative, because there really is not known too much either in North America or Western Europe about what was going on in 3600 BC. Whatever the case, this complex of harbors and mounds became a very important shrine and settlement for Native Americans, who evolved later into being today the Uchee, Creek, Seminole and Miccosukee Tribes.
I am currently creating a computerized virtual reality model of Savannah harbor and its environs, which will show Uchee and Creek descendants where their ancestors built mounds and harbors. Later this year, I will be able to purchase the software necessary for converting this digital model into an animated film with canoes paddling, birds flying and people walking. A new day is dawning for historic preservation efforts in Savannah.
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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.
Latest posts by Richard Thornton (see all)
- Georgia’s extraordinary petroglyphs traced to Bronze Age Crete, Sweden and Ireland . . . plus Mesoamerica - August 18, 2017
- Disturbing video of the occult’s approach to historic preservation - August 17, 2017
- Atlanta’s leaders are right . . . Don’t erase the Old South’s history! - August 15, 2017
- Update: Bronze Age research appears to be headed toward an astonishing discovery - August 15, 2017
- Very pertinent film from the Atlanta Board of Education in 1947 - August 14, 2017