Richard Thornton | May 9, 2017 | 23
The Nodoroc: Gateway to Hell and lair of the Wog
Everybody will find the Nodoroc series fascinating, especially geologists, Native Americans, architects and ecologists.
This past season’s focus on northeastern Georgia has been one of the most surprising research projects I have ever worked on. There is so much environmental history, geology, Native American history and American history there that has been left out of the history textbooks. My experience points out the need for Native American researchers to work with local historical societies. They have preserved maps and historical details that have been missed by the national media and universities. The Nodoroc archaeological and geological zone is only a few minutes from the University of Georgia, but has been largely ignored by its faculty.
The Nodoroc Mud Volcano site is potentially of international importance because it contained a stone, triangular temple unlike any known architecture in the Western Hemisphere, and was a haven for a large carrion-eating lizard as big or bigger than the Komodo Dragon, that is now extinct. There are also potentially huge numbers of Pleistocene fossils in the now-dormant mud volcano, dating back at least 30,000 years.
You Creek Indian researchers need to look at the maps provided me by the Jackson County, GA Historical Society and included in the accompanying slide shows. They provide extremely detailed information on the names of Creek trading trails and villages in northeast Georgia.
I suspect that the rich Native American history of this site has been pretty much forgotten because the Creeks in northeast Georgia were not Muskogees. One of the Creek provinces near the Nodoroc were actually Timucuans, who migrated northward from the coast. That was a surprise! By the 1700s the NE Georgia Creeks were loosely associated with the Creek Confederacy, but many towns later went south to Florida or else assimilated with their white neighbors.
The articles include 36 photos, virtual reality images and maps.
To read the articles, go to:
Barrow County History Museum
94 E Athens Street
PO Box 277
Winder, GA 30680
Enjoy visit to the Nodoroc!
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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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