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Did these Georgia petroglyphs describe catastrophic meteor impacts?

Did these Georgia petroglyphs describe catastrophic meteor impacts?


Our presumption has been that these two petroglyphs portrayed the sun and functioned as either a memorial to a specific date or functioned as some sort of calendar.  However, an alternative explanation is that they portray the bright light of the explosion at time that an asteroid, meteor or comet struck the earth from a low apogee.


The Long Swamp Creek petroglyph faces northeast toward Thunderstruck Mountain, about 39 miles to the northeast. There is a stone circle above it.

The Westmoreland Petroglyph faces southward toward Lynch Mountain. It also contains two symbols to the right and above for a comet or meteor.





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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.



    Richard, Do you know the symbol that the Creeks used for Pleiades? It seems that it was associated with an old dead comet and was feared because of the impacts caused when it came by. Perhaps the portal symbol (swirly circle) right side has to do with many people dying at one time by these comet impacts. Taurid meteor stream event seems to have been understood by the people that built the Gobekli Tepe site.

    • I have never heard of a Creek symbol for the Pleidades. One of the larger towns, neared the Chattahoochee River, was laid out like the stars in the Pleiades.


        Richard, the symbol found on stone stelae’s of the Sardinia and Picks of Scotland is the same outline of England’s Stonehenge earth works. The symbol of perhaps a magnifying glass used by the “old wizards” with their pointed hats. Pleiades was an important sign for both the Druids of Europe and the people that build ancient sites in Georgia and Mexico.


    Thanks for all the interesting articles! Your theory on meteor impacts is fascinating.


    Howdy, Slightly off subject…a thought/question. Santee…….Zoque?

    • Santee is just another name for the Satile or Satibo, a Panoan tribe from Satipo Province in eastern Peru.


    HI Richard, I have really enjoyed your articles, especially regarding place name and tribal name origins. Thanks for making available so much good information. Regarding the above, I notice that the Long Swamp Creek petroglyph faces toward Chesapeake Bay. If you are willing to disregard conventional timelines (as I am), it could be that the very early people in this area witnessed the largest meteor impact to hit North America.

    • Yes, it is possible, but the biggest meteor could have been the one that hit off the coast of Florida in 539 AD. The debris ridge from its tsunami is still 85 feet high on the Georgia coast. There was also a large meteor which hit west-central Georgia and created the Cove on the Flint River. When did the meteor strike the Chesapeake Bay area?


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