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Mysterious Stone Structure Rediscovered in Southwest Georgia

Mysterious Stone Structure Rediscovered in Southwest Georgia


Three days ago divers, working in Lake Seminole in the Southwest tip of Georgia rediscovered a lost oval-shaped stone building, which was first publicized by the People of One Fire in 2012.   During the 1960s,  Dr. Arthur Kelly was hired to carry out an archaeological survey of the proposed basin of Lake Seminole.  Among vast quantities of typical Proto-Creek pottery, he also found bowls, figurines and cylindrical seals, which he interpreted as being either made in Mesoamerica or else they were copies of Mesoamerican ceramics.  Kelly did not realize that the style of the figurines were identical to that of the Chontal Mayas of Tabasco, who were the mariners and regional traders of the Mesoamerican world.  In October 2012, scientists at the University of Minnesota found a 100% match between attapulgite from a mine near this stone structure and the Maya Blue stucco of Palenque.   Palenque was the capital of the Itza Mayas until incinerated by the El Chichon Super-volcano around 800 AD.   Most Creeks in Georgia, western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee spoke the Itsate language.  Itsate is what the Itza Mayas called themselves.  Until the late 20th century Miccosukees and Seminoles in southern Florida called themselves Mayas and indeed . . . Miccosukees can carry on conversations with several branches of the Mayas in Tabasco and Chiapas States, Mexico.

To read the original People of One Fire article, go to:   The Mysterious Stone Structure on the Chattahoochee River





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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, the beehive type tombs are perhaps connected to this structure from the Maya land to the Middle East. The “Togha” people could have made their way to the Central America, via Georgia and connected to the Noble Maya name “Toktan” of the city called Lakamha “Big water”. The Maya blue connection with South West Georgia and that Maya city called “Big water” could be implying a connection with the Okefenokee swamp/ lake which extended for 300 miles West in the time of William Bartram. He was told the most ancient people of the land lived on islands in the lake. The Yuchi / Tokah?
    The most ancient use of the Beehive tomb traces back to the “Tell Halaf” culture dated to 6000 BC. In that area a city-state kingdom “Bit Baḫiani” existed that lasted till 700 BC with a noted King called Kapara…”Capa-che-ke” was the sounds the Spaniards used for S.W. Georgia in 1540.


    Richard, very interesting article! Reminds me of the stone structure in Putnam County known niw as the Punk Rock Site. My brother, now deceased, was one of the guys who helped excavate the site back in the late 1970’s. I remember him telling me and showing me photos of the stone walls which are now submerged under Lake Oconee. I recently read where some state the stone structure in Putnam County was nothing more than stone boulders, or tors, that were built used by Indians from 400A.D.-1650A.D. as a ceremonial complex. My brother’s wife who accompanied him on that excavation Is still living and has those old photos. They both told me the stone walls were manmade and formed a oval-shaped building. I remember him telling me about a shell midden that was there also at the site. He tought the stone structure was a manmade building which use a trade post or something similar and it was located on an old trade route. Anyway, just thought I would share.


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