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Newly discovered mound in Habersham County, GA is same shape and same alignment as Kolomoki Mound A . . . 300 miles away!

Newly discovered mound in Habersham County, GA is same shape and same alignment as Kolomoki Mound A . . . 300 miles away!


On Friday, April 5, 2019,  a property owner showed me a structure that he thought was an Indian mound.  Indeed it was, but also had the ruins of stone structures and monuments on top.  The following day, a team of volunteers trekked up to the nearby Alec Mountain Stone Circle then visited the mound.  The next afternoon, I took along my GPS and laser measuring devices, plus a video camera and tripod.  I found that the mound had a precise geometrical relationship with both the Alec Mountain Stone Circle and several smaller, dome-shaped mounds. While constructing a 3D computer model of the Arnold Mound this morning, I realized that it was very similar to Kolomoki Mound A, but 80% the size of Mound A. 

Families, living near Alec Mountain have shown me a variety of potsherds, which they have found in their fields or gardens.  The most common styles are Swift Creek Complicated Stamp,  Itza Redware and Lamar (Proto-Creek) Incised.  My guess is that the Swift Creek people of southwest Georgia abandoned that region in 539 AD, after a massive asteroid or comet struck off the coast of Cape Canaveral, FL and flooded most of Southeast Georgia with a tsunami.  Alternatively,  the town in northwest Habersham County could be contemporaneous with both Kolomoki and the Leake Mounds town on the Etowah River near Cartersville, GA.  Only professional archaeological investigation and radiocarbon dating can answer that question.  The videos, photographs and computer model will be synthesized into a documentary film on Youtube with my new movie editing software. I am also creating a new website for presenting professional quality reports from our explorations.  My fellow architects, civil engineers and urban planning colleagues expect higher quality graphics and layouts than is possible on this website, because it is so chopped up by tacky ads.

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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, Congratulation!! you are rewriting Georgia history. I found another connection with the same symbol used by the Bronze age folks of Sweden in Ohio: By the Great Miami river in OH listed in this 1847 book pg. 4:

    • That’s the Fort Ancient Culture. I think whoever sparked the advanced culture in the Lower Southeast also made it to the Ohio River.


        Richard, It appears also that the (circle/square) Geophytes match the same in the Amazon area…these people had the same belief culture. I have not found that symbol of what looks like a (copper bracelet) anywhere on any other Native pottery or stone artworks. The Fort culture IF they are the people that that built stone forts with that symbol might be the same that built the stone fort in N.W Georgia…is it included in that structure design? They first built pit houses which might be a connection to the people of Tenn. and corn to that area around 1000 AD and also used the “weeping eye” on their artwork.


    Richard, I own a pasture in Mt. Airy, Habersham County and think there might be an Indian site. Quartz rocks form a semi circle near a creek and I have found 3 arrow heads in pasture. Also I think there might be a trail tree. Would love to know what you think.

    • Could you send photos and the location (GPS coordinates if possible) to This could be one of the sites identified by Smithsonian Institute archaeologists in 1886. Since the southern half of Habersham was ceded by the Creeks in 1817 and the northern half was ceded by the Soque in 1818, a real trail tree is unlikely.


    I want to find a mound so bad! But I don’t know how to differentiate between a mound and a hill. I drive through pasture land each day on my way to and from work. Eyes peeled. In other news, I just finished a 2014 novel: The Secret of the Stones: A Sean Wyatt Archaeological Thriller (The Lost Chambers Trilogy Book 1). Have you read it? It wasn’t great writing, but following you made me understand the archaeology of Georgia mentioned in the book! It was very Cherokee oriented, though, which is expected, I realize. It focused a lot on the fact that the Cherokee took gold with them on the trail of tears somehow and that’s how they prospered in Oklahoma (some of them). And that was the main reason for the removal. Which, I don’t disagree with, but anyway, it was an interesting read. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. It was fiction, of course. My husband’s people were removed from Georgia, and trust me, they ain’t got no gold.

    • The gold thing is a myth created much later. Georgia had already grabbed most of the Gold Belt by 1828 and there were very few Cherokees living in the rest. Most people don’t know that half the length of the gold belt was in the Creek Nation. Chief McIntosh was mining gold at four mines near his home in Coweta County (West Georgia) ten years before gold was “discovered” in the Nacoochee Valley. The Hillabee Creeks were living on the portion of the Gold Belt in Alabama. They were literally massacred.

      The Cherokee population was concentrated on lands well suited for cotton plantations. That was why they were booted out.


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