LIDAR images of a Native American Metropolis
The Nacoochee Valley Project
Archaeologists have for the most part ignored the Nacoochee Valley since archaeologist Robert Wauchope spent much of 1939 here. There are almost contiguous, contemporary village sites along the 18 miles of the Chattahoochee and Soque Rivers in this valley. I believe that it is one of the most important archaeological zones in North America. It was a fountainhead from which many cultural advancements sprang. So far I have found four terrace complexes and something in the range of 33 mounds, plus reservoirs, platforms and Itza style ball courts.
For the past eight years I have been studying the sites identified by Robert Wauchope, plus since 2012, studying the new sites revealed by LIDAR scans. I am currently working on a three dimensional computer virtual reality model of the central and western sections of the valley, based on recent LIDAR scans. When it is finished, POOF readers will be the first to see it.
Latest posts by Richard Thornton (see all)
- The Otto Mound . . . an ancient Uchee and Itzate trading center in the Blue Ridge Mountains - October 21, 2017
- Footnote: William Bartram listed no Cherokee villages in Georgia - October 19, 2017
- William Bartram’s description of a Cherokee council house at Watauga in the Little Tennessee Valley - October 19, 2017
- The Battles of Echete Pass . . . the British Military Campaigns - October 18, 2017
- Map Supplement: The Battles of Itsate Pass - October 16, 2017