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LIDAR reveals an earlier civilization at Soque River Mounds

LIDAR  reveals an earlier civilization at Soque River Mounds


Earlier peoples occupied the location of the Soque Capital (Batesville, GA) and left their imprint!

The nearby Westmoreland Petroglyphs contain several symbols, which are identical to those at Nyköping, Sweden (c. 2000 BC).

It will be late fall 2019, before we are able to get into the dense vegetation on the east side of Hwy. 255 in Batesville, GA, but we expect to make major discoveries there.   In 1886, Smithsonian archaeologist, Cyrus Thomas, noted a stone circle, “piles of stone” and stone cairns in that area.   On satellite photos, one can see the piles of stone.   On the LIDAR image that a patron of the Apalache Foundation funded, man-made features are clearly visible.  They look very similar to the stone ruins at Track Rock Gap, 19.8 miles to the northwest.  However, they have a different character than the ruins on the west side of Hwy. 255, which on early maps was labeled the principal town of the Soque People.   Remote sensing can only go “so far” in documenting ancient ruins.  At some point one must hike in to have a “close encounter of a third kind” with the Native American community site.  To get a clear picture of who actually built these structures, it is necessary for archaeologists to carefully excavate test trenches on the site in order to see soil stratification and obtain artifacts.

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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.


    • No I have NOT heard of the bell-shaped UFO. The strange gravity waves in NE Georgia are probably caused by moving magma. All the rocks where I live are volcanic.


        Richard, Ancient man did understand Electromagnetic energy locations of the Earth and it seems you are very close to a alignment of the old stones network. The Zokee/ Sokee started their calendar in 3140 BC and that’s the year when there was a polar shift of the Sun.

        • That is absolutely amazing Mark. I did not know that. It explains a lot of thing going on in eastern North America and Europe!


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