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INAH offical video: Newly discovered Maya town in a “raw” state

INAH offical video:   Newly discovered Maya town in a “raw” state


This film is in Spanish, but contains fascinating views of recently discovered ruins in southeastern Campeche State, Mexico.  You will notice how similar the ruins look to what we are discovering in the mountains of Georgia, Alabama and NW South Carolina.   The archaeological work is being sponsored by the Institutio de Antropologia E Historia de Mexico and the National Geographic Society (USA).  The name of this town, when translated into English, is “Red Rock.”

Also, the archaeologist in the video will show you the LIDAR image of the site, which helped him find the buildings.  The GIS Department of the White County, GA government used the same LIDAR program to help us find lost ruins in the Nacoochee Valley.

LIDAR images used to find lost ruins around the Kenimer Mound in the Nacoochee Valley, Georgia.  Another image found ancient terraces.


In the photograph at the top of this article,  you see Mexican masons restoring a wall in a nearby Maya town, under the supervision of a Historic Preservation Architect.  The final product of their work, will be what the tourists see.

When viewing the video, be on the look out for this glyph, engraved on a building stone: 


The same symbol can be found on the art of Etowah Mounds in Northwest Georgia!


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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.



    Richard T, Have you ever compared Maya architectures with the Island Southeast Asian architectures?

    I came across a website from an author, researcher and filmmaker named Richard Cassaro who is known for his bestseller “Written in Stone”.
    He has written and talked about the similarities in culture and architecture between the Maya and Bali ;an island in Southeast Asia.
    Perhaps something that might interest you and other POOF readers.


    • What you see today are restorations of the last appearance of the most sophisticated Maya architecture. These buildings grew and evolved over many centuries of alterations and expansions. Each time period of each city state had its unique style of architecture. Tourists don’t really realize this. Also, most Mayas lived in villages that were identical to “suburban” villages in Georgia and Alabama in the period between 900 AD and 1700 AD. The emphasis of my fellowship in Mexico was to gain understanding how styles of architecture changed in Mesoamerican cities so that as architect I could reconstruct them accurately.


        Richard T, Thank you for your reply. Have you looked at the pictures in the article? Perhaps you with your knowledge on architecture are able to give an indication on what time period the similar buildings and sculptures were produced.

        If the Mayan Balinese (island in southeast asia) connection can be made, it could explain why some Mesoamericans and natives in southeast north America have an southeast asian appearance since some could have mixed during a certain time period.
        Another posibility would be that the Balinese or people with the same cultural aspects and ideas were living side by side with the Maya in Mesoamerica without ever mixing together. In that case however there would have been DNA markers showing up as southeast asian.

        • The problem is that American civilization began before Balinese.


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