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Newly completed video on Track Rock Gap

Newly completed video on Track Rock Gap

For those of you, who have never been to Track Rock Gap, this is an excellent way to see the petroglyphs, trails and stone ruins.   They did a great job of letting you see the petroglyphs, which are fact standard Maya glyphs.   This professional video will enable you to take a pleasant walk up a steep mountainside without leaving the comfort of your home.



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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.



    It pains me to see the glyphs out in the open unprotected. I wish they’d work at preserving them. This video made me want to fetch my hiking shoes and my poles and go exploring. I can hardly wait until it warms up around here!


      Hey Karla,
      I went to Trackrock this past weekend and it was beautiful up there. Now is the time to go, no undergrowth, poison ivy and no one else was up there. The site is huge and to get a good idea of the size you need to see it when the leaves and underbrush are gone. The trail up is not very difficult but it is steep in a few places and you still have to go over or around the trees that the “Tornado” cut down in 2012.
      One interesting thing about the petroglyph carvings is the diagram the state put up has over half the carvings missing from it.
      I guess the ones they did not understand were ignored, including the carvings Richard mentions in the last article he wrote on the gylphs.
      His is a much better diagram of the carvings. If you want to see Copal the next few weeks will be the best until the fall so GO! you will enjoy the peace and quite and be able to say I went to a Mayan city without leaving the state!


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