Most “fantasies” described by 17th century French author have been confirmed
Update from the Apalache Foundation
Those of you, who have read The Apalache Chronicles probably were somewhat skeptical about the man-made wonders, which Charles de Rocherfort described as being erected by the Apalache Civilization. So far Apalache sites have been identified in North Georgia, eastern Alabama, northwestern South Carolina, eastern Kentucky, northeastern West Virginia and Northwestern Virginia.
The most common criticism is that if such things existed, surely archaeologists would have found them by now. Why most archaeologists ignored these ruins, I can’t answer. However, professional archaeologists Robert Wauchope (1939), Phillip White (1951) and Pat Garrow (1990s) did try to bring to their profession’s attention, some of the ruins. They were ostracized for their efforts and bitterly attacked by some factions within anthropology, who can only conceive the Southeastern indigenous peoples as primitive societies. However, none of these gentlemen were aware of the scale of these forgotten ruins. The number of sites are mind-boggling and their numbers are growing .
At the present time, we cannot discuss the details and specific locations of most of these sites. Appropriate local and state officials are aware of them. Steps are being taken to assure their protection.
I can say though that we have found the probable location of Melilot in the mie-1600s, “Apalache” – the last capital of the Apalache Kingdom in the late 1600s, plus the mountaintop ruins, described in the 1658 engraving above. Just last week, the huge cave, described by De Rochefort to be near this astronomical observatory was also found. It is over 200 feet deep and up to 25 feet high inside.
You can visit one site mentioned by De Rochefort. It is the cave temple under a waterfall. Those ruins are at De Soto Falls State Park (Alabama) which is near the Alabama-Georgia state line. The park is east of Fort Payne, AL and west of Lafayette, GA.
The Apalache Chronicles is published by Ancient Cypress Press out of Fort Lauderdale, FL and can be ordered online.
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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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