Richard Thornton | May 9, 2017 | 23
I wouldn’t have guessed this in a million years!
This is too weird! There is no doubt about it folks. It seems implausible, but there is a perfect match between those petroglyph boulders in Northeast Georgia and the petroglyph boulders in Southern Sweden and Denmark. The closest match is in southwestern Sweden, where I worked, beginning two days after I graduated from Georgia Tech.
Keep in mind, we are talking about a people living in Scandinavia at the time, who would have looked very much like the famous Uchee Chief Sapulpa. They had black hair, tan skins and some Asiatic facial features. Their ancestors were the result of Pre-Indo-European similar to the the Basques mixing with western Asians. Their descendants today are called the Saami or Lapps . . . although most Saami now carry some Scandinavian DNA. This strange discovery explains why you people with Uchee and Creek ancestry are showing up with Saami, Pre-Gaelic Irish and Basque DNA markers. Well . . . it’s game-changer for interpreting DNA. If you’re family has been in the Southeast a long time, that Saami DNA should be considered the result of Uchee ancestors and therefore considered indigenous.
As a bonus in this POOF article, we are providing a musical background. There was a very sweet, fresh-faced young lady from the city of Jönköping, to the north of Skåne, who was melting the hearts of folks in the local auditorium that summer with this song. Her facial features with pronounced cheekbones were different than most Swedes. Perhaps there was Lapp or Gamla Folk in her family background. She told me that her dream was to someday sing on Broadway in New York City. Sadly, that never happened . . . but she made the best of the frustrating situation of being from a relatively small country on the northern edge of Europe. Hope you enjoy “Vart Ska Min Karlek Fora”
The types of boats portrayed on the Tugaloo Rock are portrayed on Bronze Age petroglyphs in the vicinity of the Oresund Channel between the Province of Skåne (Sweden) and Sjælland (Denmark). It is called a Hjorspring Båt, because the large boats were framed with bent wood, which functioned just like the springs in an automobile. It enabled the open boats to traverse ocean waters. I remember seeing them in museums in the region, where I lived . . . and thought they were cool looking . . . but never dreamed that they had any relevance to the early history of the Southeastern United States.
The time of their arrival is a question mark. Around 2350 BC there was 20 years of rain that almost depopulated the lower elevations of Northwestern Europe. Pottery appeared on the Savannah River Basin immediately thereafter.
Around 1200 BC there were catastrophic natural disasters around Europe and the Mediterranean Basin, which destroyed many Bronze Age civilizations. A tsunami or massive storm knocked down most of the trees in Denmark and coasted its islands with muck. The ancient Bronze Age civilization along the Oresund Channel, where I lived, disappeared after that inundation. The Deptford Culture, making cord-marked beaker-shaped potter like that in Bronze Age Scandinavia, appeared around the mouth of the Savannah River about that time.
Germanic Peoples began pushing northward into Scandinavia after 1200 BC, pushing the aboriginal people northward into less hospitable environments. The descendants of the aboriginal people can be found in the high mountains of Norway and Sweden, plus in and within Lappland. Most of the aboriginal people just disappeared. Traditionally, Scandinavian anthropologists have speculated if they were killed or migrated elsewhere. We now have a strong suspicion of where many of them went.
Keep in mind also, that archaeologist, Arthur Kelly, found a Scandinavian Bronze Age style “stone boat burial” on a ridge overlooking the Chattahoochee River near Roswell, GA. It is now in the Chattahoochee National Recreational Area and protected by the National Park Service. Of course, Dr. Kelly, didn’t dare speculate about a Scandinavian origin for the burial.
Bronze tools and weapons HAVE been found on the Georgia Coast. However, one must travel at least 250 miles inland to reach copper deposits. The only significant tin deposits are much farther away in northern South Carolina. It could be that by the time, subsequent generations of refugees reached the copper and tin deposits, they had forgotten how to make bronze . . . but maybe again, archaeologists may have just not found the bronze implements that they left behind. It is a fact that all of Georgia’s petroglyph boulders are in the famous Georgia Gold Belt.
The truth is out there somewhere!
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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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