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Huge mound discovered near Alec Mountain Stone Circle

Huge mound discovered near Alec Mountain Stone Circle

 

This mound is larger in area than an American football field!

This afternoon, while doing a reconnaissance of the valleys around Alec Mountain in Habersham County, Georgia, my guide showed me a massive hill that he thought looked man-made.  Indeed it was.  The soil contained potsherds and there was a large ramp on the north side.  It is now about 375 feet long, 150 feet wide and 30 feet tall, but my guide told me that in the past, the county had cut off the upper 15 feet to obtain fill soil for some nearby road work!  All of the mounds in that archaeological zone are oval.   I also identified smaller mounds, a stone sculpture, yet another horseshoe-shaped Mesoamerican-style ball court,  stone cairns, agricultural terraces and rampways.  The Alec Mountain stone circle is an oval, constructed out of stone masonry! It is like nothing else that I know of in the Americas, except perhaps the much smaller Ladds Mountain Stone Circle, near Etowah Mounds.  The enclosure has a opening facing the azimuth of the Winter Solstice Sunset and is sloped at about a 10 degree angle.   It is very obvious that this was the location of an extremely large town . . . perhaps the capital of the Soque People.  It will take several days to polish up all the field notes, photographs and videos.  You will be amazed!

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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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  1. roadscrape88@gmail.com'

    That’s pretty amazing! I wonder what else the forest and hills are hiding in the valleys are there? Not to mention what has been destroyed. That any of the ancient ruins survived is amazing in itself.

    Keep up the great work!

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  2. markveale@hotmail.com'

    Richard, Another Great discovery!!! I was watching one of the movies you posted about the “Olmecs” and they also built in stone a oval monument as well. Perhaps a connection to their skull shape of their leadership at that time the Parakusa? They appear to have been connected to several peoples as medicine men or the leadership. Their massive skulls indicate a 25% bigger brain.

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