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Irish scientists identify reoccurring cosmic disaster that explains identical petroglyphs and stone circles in Ireland and Southeastern USA

Irish scientists identify reoccurring cosmic disaster that explains identical petroglyphs and stone circles in Ireland and Southeastern USA


Petroglyphs on the Forsyth Boulder, found next to the Upper Etowah River, are identical to Ireland’s oldest known petroglyphs! The petroglyphs at Carrowmore, Ireland are believed to date from around 3500 BC.

Programs by Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ), Ireland’s new international TV channel are now beginning to reach North America via Amazon Prime and PBS.  The most ambitious of these documentaries, “Secrets of the Stones,” which was produced by RTE-Cork, Ireland, describes the current scientific studies of stone structures in Ireland dating from 6,000 BC to the Early Medieval Period.  Technologies such as advanced tree ring dating, LIDAR, Ground Radar and Infrared Satellite Imagery are radically changing the understanding of humans living in the North Atlantic region between the end of the Ice Age and the creation of monastic journals in the 600s AD.

None of the Irish scientists, interviewed in the program, were aware of the Appalachian Connection, but I quickly recognized it . . . but there was also a connection to the South Atlantic Coast. In satellite imagery, Ireland’s stone ring complexes are identical in appearance to the shell ring complexes at such locations as Sapelo Island, Georgia and Edisto Island, South Carolina.  There is a catch, though.  Construction of stone rings ended in Ireland around 2400 BC, just as construction of shell rings and creation of North America’s oldest pottery began on the coast of Georgia and South Carolina.  Hm-m-m.

The Sapelo Island, GA shell rings have a very similar appearance from above to the Irish stone ring complexes.

The stone circles in Ireland have been determined to have initially been burial sites.  Initially, they consisted of boulders arranged in a circle or an ellipse.  Later, piled field stones were constructed in a circle or an ellipse.  Human bodies were cremated.  Their ashes were deposited within the rings.  Apparently, the astronomical use of the rings developed a little later, reaching their ultimate sophistication in such shrines as Stonehenge on the Salisbury Plain in England.

Thus, archaeologists may have been misinterpreting the stone enclosures of the Highlands and the shell rings on the South Atlantic Coast.   Their primary use could have been as mortuaries and locations of ceremonial feasts. The erection of huts on or inside the rings could represent temporary shelters, where families lived while attending feasts and funerals.  

Ireland’s oldest petroglyphs (c. 5,500 BC) at Carrowmore are treated with the reverence of the Declaration of Independence, while a much larger example of the same symbols on the Forsyth Boulder, have been treated as “amusing Cherokee graffiti” . . .  first exposed to the elements for decades at the Forsyth County Fairgrounds and now functioning as lawn furniture on the campus of the University of Georgia. This boulder is in close proximity to UGA’s Department of Anthropology yet is ignored by its faculty.

The traditional reverence by the Irish people for all things ancient is one factor explaining the survival of hundreds of Mesolithic and Neolithic shrines, but another factor is that being an island on the extreme end of Europe, Ireland was protected from most rampaging armies of imperialism that ravaged the countryside of Europe for over 2,000 years.  Roman legions destroyed many ancient sites because they could function as fortifications for the indigenous tribes.  Medieval lords converted stone rings and cairns into castle walls.  Canons blasted ancient stone structures into gravel, if they were protecting an enemy.

Destruction of ancient stone architecture in Georgia was almost instantaneous, once Europeans took control of the region.  Pioneer archaeologist, Charles C. Jones, Jr. stated that when white settlers first arrived, ancient stone walls, cairns and building ruins proliferated across North Georgia’s landscape. Most were converted into foundations, building walls and water mill dams within two decades. 

Until the 1920s, ALL of the mountains in what is now Metro Atlanta were crowned with stone rings or even elaborate stone “observatories.”   The one exception were the stone ruins of multiple structures on top of Kennesaw Mountain, which were converted into artillery redans by Confederate engineers in June 1864.  Once paving of roads and highways commenced in the 1920s, however, the Georgia State Highway Department and its contractors began “mining” the ancient sites to produce crushed stone for road construction.  The only fully intact stone ring in Metro Atlanta is at a secret location in the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.  It is adjacent to an equally ancient cairn cemetery.  I know where these sites are but am “sworn to secrecy.”

A few mountaintop stone circles remain in the first tier of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Northeast Georgia and East Central Alabama.  Hopefully, I will be soon living beneath one of them.   I am fairly certain that there is also a terrace top stone enclosure on the back of this property, which faces the Winter Solstice Sunset.

Irish archaeologists described the abstract symbols that can see below on the Forsythe Petroglyphic Boulder from Georgia as the earliest know writing system, which they have dated to around 3500-2500 BC.   Actually, there are far more examples of this style of petroglyphs in Georgia than in Ireland.  Scandinavian archaeologists have interpreted these symbols to represent star constellations.  Given their association with other cosmic symbols on petroglyphic boulders, this interpretation seems more likely.  However, they still would represent a graphic representation of a name.

The Darth Vader of comets

With the advent of advanced forensic technology, Irish archaeologists became aware that there were distinct changes in the cultural practices of people living on their island, which seemed to last from 1000 to 1200 years.  Their demises were associated with catastrophic weather conditions.  Around 2360 BC and 1150 BC, there were 20-year periods when the trees in Ireland virtually didn’t grow. In 539 AD,  there was a minor tsunami followed by a long period of clouds and rain. It was the final death blow to what was left of the Roman Empire in western Europe. In 1114 AD monastic journals described “stars falling from the sky” followed by a tsunami which killed about 50,000 people in Ireland and southwestern England.

While analysis of trees and pollen in the eastern Mediterranean Basin have associated catastrophic droughts with the demise of Bronze Age civilizations, just the opposite situation occurred in the regions on both sides of the North Atlantic Ocean.  It apparently rained for around 20 years.  There was too little sunshine for trees to grow, but water kept many larger trees alive.

The initial assumption by virtually all archaeologists in Europe is that large scale volcanic activity caused these environmental crises, but thorough studies of volcanic eruptions in Iceland did not equate to the virtual depopulations of Ireland around 2360 BC and 1150 BC.  Why would Ireland and Britain be flooded, while the eastern Mediterranean Basin be desiccated?

The tsunamis and cloudy weather in 539 AD and 1014 AD were definitely caused by the impacts of comets or asteroids into the Atlantic Ocean, which in both cases were followed by volcanic eruptions in Iceland and Central America.  The 539 AD impact occurred off the coast of Florida, while there seems to have been multiple impacts into the North Atlantic Ocean in 1014 AD. The causes of the earlier, far more catastrophic, weather changes in Ireland remained a mystery, however.

Reexamining the petroglyphs at Carrowmore and other contemporary sites in Ireland convinced Irish scientists that the culprit is the Darth Vader of comets or perhaps several giant comets, which take many centuries to orbit the sun.  When these comets pass close to Earth, they deposit vast quantities of cosmic dust, which blocks the sunlight for up to 20 years.  When they get REALLY close to Earth, the comet or comets spew chunks of material into the ocean a extremely high velocities.  The result of impacts were tsunamis that swept across islands.  Apparently, most of Denmark was inundated by a tsunami or massive hurricane around 1200 BC. 

If such a killer comet returned to pass near earth again, it could wipe out much of the world’s population. Conventional food production would collapse and solar energy collectors would be useless.  Mankind would be dependent on carbon-based and nuclear energy to generate electricity to grow food indoors. Most likely there would not be enough electricity to feed all of the earth’s population.


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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, The ancient Sumerians left clues about a outer planet that arrives to make a orbit around the sun? I have to wonder if the Maya (peoples) who were Star experts knew about this planet as well? That might be the factor that wiped out many ancient Kingdoms by the Oceans.

    • You know that would make a lot of sense, especially in the outer planet was really an enormous comet, which spewed cosmic dust.


        Richard, That does make sense with the artwork of the Native people of North Georgia having “Comet eyes”? found at Etowah. They perhaps made a calendar based on reoccurring comet strikes. I think our calendar is off by -6 years compared to the Olmec’s and Maya Peoples.


    Just as Venezuela is currently experiencing drought… Ireland is currently experiencing record wet conditions.

    It has to do with the changes of global air flow from zonal to meridional. Or as it is also know… jet streams moving west to east to jet streams moving to north to south and south to north. That brings cold weather to the south and warm weather to the north. Hot temps in the arctic and cold temperatures in the south.

    It’s the sun guys.


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