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History Channel’s Research in Georgia and Mexico

History Channel to broadcast debut of “Unearthing America” on December 21, 2012

The long anticipated broadcast of the History Channel’s research in Georgia and Mexico will be broadcast to a worldwide audience on December 21, 2012. Currently, the debut is on Channel H2 at 10:00 PM EST and 11:00 PM CST. No announcement has been made for other time zones or the broadcasts in Latin American, Australia and Europe. Currently, the History Channel plans to re-broadcast the program in the Southeast again on the evening of December 22, 2012. Executives are expecting a worldwide audience of something like 50-70 million viewers.

Unearthing America directed it researchers to study a much broader array of questions than merely the Track Rock Gap Archaeological Zone. The implications of their findings will affect anthropologists in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi and Louisiana. I promise you . . . you will be blown out of the saddle by the information in the program’s climax. However, the Examiner Article describing the research that has been done at Track Rock Gap, GA during the past year.

Personal Note

Some Southeastern archaeologists were manipulated into saying some nasty things in the media, earlier this year. The night of December 21st is going to be very embarrassing for them. I just want to let those folks know that I am willing to let bygones be bygones. You didn’t know about my hefty background in Mexico or my extensive research work for the Creek Nation. You were USED by some political extremists, who had a hidden agenda.

You see . . . we now have a clearer picture of what was going on. In fact, there is a compound adjacent to Track Rock Gap where neo-nazi types play Rambo. They use the National Forest trails for their little boy games. They didn’t want a lot of strangers hiking around their neck of the woods. Those in the Gainesville, GA office of the USFS, who collaborated with them, should be fired.

I do not have the patience to be an archaeologist. You don’t want me holding a tooth brush and trowel on your sites! LOL However, in Europe and Latin America archaeologists and historic preservation architects work closely together on archaeological sites containing architecture. Our training and experience with architectural/computer graphics and structural materials are light years ahead of the anthropology profession. That’s what we do for a living! I look forward to working with all of you in the future.

The times, they are changing!

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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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