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Drawing of Alec Mountain Stone Circle – Nacoochee Valley

Drawing of Alec Mountain Stone Circle – Nacoochee Valley


Alec Mountain will be our first hike for 2018, once I locate the old trail. The ruins are only 100 feet higher than my house.

This is a sketch, made in 1956, of the Alec Mountain Stone Circle by Harvard University archaeologist, Phillip Smith. It is a slight oval.  He dug a few test pits, looking for conventional artifacts from the so-called Mississippian Cultural Period.  Kelly and his peers, had no clue of the probable age of the circle.  My guess is the Early Bronze Age . . .  3500 BC to 1200 BC.  It is identical to the earliest known “stonehenges” of Wales, Ireland, Scotland and southern England.  There is no record of any interest in the ancient site by Southeastern archaeologists since that time.

There is another similar stone circle on the north side of Kennesaw Mountains, which is adjacent to a large cairn cemetery . . . which HAS been scientifically dated to the period that I speculated for Alec Mountain.   Until the mid-1900s,  virtually all of the mountain tops in present day Metro Atlanta contained either stone rings or even the ruins of fairly large stone structures . . . probably observatories.   Alabama Creek Keeper,  the Ghost, has found a now nearly forgotten Creek tradition, that there was once a very advanced civilization that built with stone, which was located in what is now Metro Atlanta stretching westward to the mountain ranges near Gadsden, Alabama.

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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, I also read in the UGA report #4 1962 that other stone circles had stone walls or terraces that were built nearby. It would be interesting to see if any additional structures exist near Alec site.
    Also, aren’t The petroglyphs located in front UGA Dept of Archeology from Habersham Co.? Does anyone one know where in Habersham Co they were found. It would be interesting if they were from the Alec site.

    • Yes, one of the petroglyphic boulders on the UGA campus was found near my house. I am also finding man-made earthen and stone structures on my property. The other petroglyphic boulder came from near the banks of the Etowah River in Forsyth County, GA.


    Richard, It is amazing that not one university in this country has wanted to advance the understanding of these ancient stone sites. Without any question some of these sites go back to 10,000 BC at least to a lost advanced sea fairing Kingdom that had the know how to move gigantic stones. Peru, South East US, Europe, Med. Sea, Egypt, Middle East are found these ancient stones.


    Richard, you did notice this drawing is the Sacred Fire symbol as called by the Creeks? This stone monument is proof of that symbol being used back to at least 3,000 BC in the America’s and possibly also of some peoples that had migrated over to Europe from the South. The bronze age maritime people were on both sides of the Atlantic and one of their Sea ports was Savanna Georgia.

    • The cross-shaped lines denote where the laborers, working for archaeologist, Arthur Kelly, dug transectional trenches in search of artifacts.


        Richard, Maybe Arthur Kelly was leaving Thinking men like you a clue to what he suspected of a symbol found on both sides of the Atlantic?
        The “ring and the bar” symbol also known as the “Shen” to the Egyptians…. I now suspect it has to do with a Nuclear event in the ancient past. It’s always been associated with the Sun.


    Thank You Richard…..Now I understand the drawing better. In reading about the 16th century Powhatans of Virginia I noticed a Chieftain called “Parahunt” perhaps a relative of the Paracussis of Georgia. These stone circles are found in that area as well.


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