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Oldest known Maya numbers and writing discovered!

Oldest known Maya numbers and writing discovered!

 

Can you guess where these glyphs were carved  into a stone escarpment and when?  

Several of the glyphs are similar to the motifs of Swift Creek Pottery that was made in the Southeastern United States between around 150 AD and  9oo AD.

Most of you will be surprised to learn where the earliest form of Maya writing was developed.

Find out on August 2, 2017 the answer to the quiz.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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.

3 Comments

  1. markveale@hotmail.com'

    Richard, Some of these symbols (line and circle) reminds me of a statement in the Bible: “Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? “Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;”
    Book of Job
    Some of these ancient symbols seem to convey the concept of PI believed to have been discovered by man 800 BC but the measurements of PI (off by .005%) have been found with the Great Pyramid of Giza. “Y” for index finger…”H” for hand….”W” for wrist. Pointing at the (big, lesser, smaller)… mountains of Ararat. YHWH ( Do you see those stones?)

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  2. theoldlibrary19@yahoo.co.uk'

    Can’t wait. This should be interesting.

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  3. Iwg42@hotmail.com'

    Hey Richard
    Several of these glyphs are similar if not identical to several of the Trackrock glyphs.
    The circles with crosses, circles and ovals with lines and dots inside look close to the picture of the different crosses from Sweden, Etula and Trackrock. My guess is these are bronze age and in the SE.
    Can’t wait for the answer!

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