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Most of the Track Rock Petroglyphs, plus the Maya numerical system and earliest Maya glyphs can be found at a 4000 year old site in Sweden!

Most of the Track Rock Petroglyphs, plus the Maya numerical system and earliest Maya glyphs can be found at a 4000 year old site in Sweden!


Life is, indeed a box of chocolates.  In December 2005, Judge Patrick Moore of the Muscogee District Court, visited my home to discuss matters relating to Muscogee Creek Nation’s Department of Justice.  Immediately, I have a funny story to tell. He had been told by the MCN Lighthorse Police that they had been told by someone in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation that I was an effeminate homosexual, so he brought along a woman’s apron with a Creek symbol on it to give me.  He quickly realized that wasn’t true.  A lady friend dropped by to wish me Merry Christmas, so I gave it to her.  While touring my architectural model shop down in the basement, he asked me how much it would cost for me to build a small model of a Creek village.  If the price was low enough, he would pay for it out of his new office’s furniture budget.  A few days after he returned to Oklahoma, he called me up to confirm the contract.

Would you believe . . . that a little over a week after Judge Moore called me, Muscogee-Creek Principal Chief A. D. Ellis received a haughty letter from the Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologists, which demanded that their contract with me be immediately cancelled.  Basically, it said that a Creek Architect-Planner, who had decades of experience building architectural models was not qualified to build an architectural model of one of his ancestral towns.  The six archaeologists want the Creeks to then give the whopping $1200 contract to one of their firms, who wouldn’t have the slightest clue how to build a model . . . so then they would have had to subcontract it to an architecture firm, approved by the Fourth Reich, who couldn’t have possibly built the model for that small amount of money.  There was another problem, though . . .

Principal Chief Ellis didn’t know who in the heck I was or who in the Administrative Department authorized an architectural model.  He assigned Second Chief Berryhill.  The Berryhill’s were originally Georgia Uchee from near Savannah.  Berryhill eventually figured out that the small contract was a personal purchase by Judge Moore in the Judicial Department.  Meanwhile, several members of the Muscogee Creek National Council gave me positive ratings.  Second Chief Berryhill called me up to ask more about my background.  That conversation resulted in 11 contracts with the Muscogee-Creek Nation over the next four years.

A lot of folks get upset when someone illegally tapes a conversation with a federal judge.  The MCN Department of Justice wanted to have the six archaeologists extradited to Oklahoma to stand trial for several federal and state felonies.  They would have, except Georgia law enforcement and its Attorney General would not cooperate.  I wonder why?  Nevertheless, the incident set in motion a chain of events, which ultimately placed me near Track Rock Gap in June 2011 and knowing a whole bunch more about the Southeast’s Native American history than I did in 2005.   To read the full article, go to:

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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, Chattahoochee “marked stone (stela)” seems like the Itza Maya found ancient stone works when they arrived in Georgia? The Bronze age people of Sweden (Laplanders) must have migrated to the Eastern side of the U.S as far South as Georgia. The Yuchi may have delivered their 2000 BC number symbols script down to the Maya. James Adair stated a people with some towns named Kann-ai lived in Virginia…that could be the same named Kena-ani by the Greeks for the “Phoenicians/Carthage peoples”. Likely several trade cities like Cyprus / Tyre and later Carthage (900 BC) had some contact with the Native American people. However, the stone works by the Chattahoochee seem to predate these cities.


    Richard, Keep Up the search for the Truth… You will find 3 black dots in that first verse in the Torah…just like man found 3 black circular creations in every atom long ago. It would be a better world if people were not so judgmental, rumor mongering and could remember to count 1+2= represents the Holy Trinity in their design? Our Elders should be reminded their generations that we descend from is what caused GOD to say “Get thee UP from thy father’s house and GO!” I’m not here to judge others but to be judged.


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