Richard Thornton | May 9, 2017 | 23
Image: Strange lines on the landscape near the Flint River
They are not quite as visible on satellite imagery because of the dense tree foliage. However, the region immediately south of the Pine Mountain Range in West Georgia, near the Flint River, contains several straight lines, extending for many miles. Most are perpendicular or parallel to each other, but a few are diagonal. This could well be a natural phenomenon, but in my decades of professional work with satellite imagery and topographic maps around many areas of the Southeastern United States, I have never seen such a pattern on the landscape. I have seen the same pattern on satellite images of another region . . . the Nazca Plain in western Peru.
The region is immediately north of the Fall Line and east of Columbus, Georgia. This region contains hundreds of Pre-European stone cairns, stone mounds and stone-walled terrace complexes. In fact, the first terrace complex I ever saw was not in Mexico, but just north of Pine Mountain, when I was 19. The lines are about 100 miles south of the southern tip of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Cherokee County, GA.
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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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