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Image: Strange lines on the landscape near the Flint River

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.

What do you think they are?

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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.



    Many of the straight lines are labeled highways, and frequently run N-S or E-W.

    • Stuart, these are not highways. This is semi-mountainous terrain in which straight roads would have been impossible without earth moving machinery. They are earth formations that continue across rivers and streams. We did not have townships that created straight lines across the Midwestern landscape.


    It wouldn’t at all surprise me if they aren’t related to the same type of messages of the Nazca Lines.


      I mean, it wouldn’t surprise me if they WERE related to the Nazca Line messages.


        I cann’t really see from . Pic but curious . Your welcome to shoot me down. But, could lines be possibly from tidal wash and sideways from like comes from the mangroves the left water seeped up to the other side of land and perks up the other side then when a tide goes out from like a bay to gulf there is delay of drain of water till tide out bay, water held back suddenly drains and severe under tow whoosh occurs of water.
        I lived on around the Weedon Island perserve. My Father built the adjoining parkland Gandy perserve I as a child had title to barge of company. There was a family direct descendants building a mound near the 100 acre field described in Estubans journal. The shame is Byrans Dairy use to own this Son moved away County wouldnt let him build house . there was natural spring and back water from bay to nutrienize the soil and kill skeeters with salt tidals. The little 20 acre orchard was still there with native hog plums. Brian Bryan never excavated he only farmed the land for the best dairy cattle the had. He never could find wher property was ever farmed.
        Later talked to him and asked specifics. This definately was the described10p acre field.
        My father used this natural backwash with info from the family on the tidal movement.
        I kept Walmart from building on the property promised Brian that. He needed the money and Wmart had offered to buy. I got him to get them wo pay for 20 year option to buy at appraised market value day of sale. Then some others came in and bought it 5 yrs later and just built condos.They changed the path of the creek which was the backwash and dad used it to equalized the tide in the bay on either side bridge to keep storm surge from tearing out evacuation route and bridge. Safety build in is gone now. I didnt know how to report it . Army Corp Engineers were ones that everything should have gone through for approval.
        I was living in my sailboat old barge mooring that belongs still to me I find out. Till boat was stolen.
        I’ve seen sideways lines like that. But its hard to tell. I cann’t enlarge this pic.


    Power line cuts in the trees

    • Thank you! You would think that Google would have corrected for that when creating the map.


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