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GIS/GPS Mapping of the Southern Appalachian Stone Structures

We are looking for volunteers, who would like to be on a special People of One Fire committee, Southern Appalachian Stone Structures. Beginning in the fall after the undergrowth has died down, we will be mapping the mountaintop and hilltop stone structures in northern Georgia, northeastern Alabama, southeastern Tennessee, western North Carolina, southwestern Virginia and northern South Carolina. The latitude, longitude, altitude and description will be inserted on a GIS map with software produced by ERSI. My GPS surveying devise can be linked into a computer for absolute accuracy.

You will need to be in sufficient physical condition to climb mountains. Owning a handheld GPS device will be a great asset. This will be a great way to make friends and get back to your youthful physique (or something approximate to that.)

If interested, drop me an email. If you have a better name for the group, also drop me an email! LOL

It is a task that is long overdue!

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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.

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