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Photos of Ye Olde Chicken House Research Center

Photos of Ye Olde Chicken House Research Center

 

Luxurious accommodations made possible the discovery of the Mayas in Georgia!

This is where I was living in 2011, when I stumbled upon the nearby Track Rock Terrace Complex.   The chicken house office was about the size of a one car garage.  We slept on a inflated mattress on a concrete slab.  The Three Canine Musketeers were most welcome bed partners, since the winter nights were bitter cold inside the concrete block structure.  My only furniture was a fold-up table from Walmart, where I parked my computer, and a $15 Dollar General chair. Thought readers would be amused by the photos.  The previous occupant was a woman artist, who painted murals in return for rent abeyance.

The water color painting in the background of the photo above was put there to remind me of who I was and where I came from.  It is a painting of a rock garden that I built for my mother for a Christmas present. The painting was done in an art class in architecture school the following spring. The goal of the Nazi’s in evicting me with three days notice on Christmas Eve was to destroy all evidence of my past and hopefully get me to commit suicide or at least commit a crime, where they could get me behind the bars of a Jawja jail.   Repeatedly during the previous two years, the staff of the Pickens County, GA Detention Center had sat beside me in restaurants and taunted me of what they were going to do with me when they had me helpless.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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  1. edward.triple@hotmail.com'

    Richard,

    Hilariously the first photo is actually betraying your Austronesian ancestry lol!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Dog_Night

    Band name origin…

    “The official commentary included in the CD set Celebrate: The Three Dog Night Story, 1964–1975 states that vocalist Danny Hutton’s girlfriend, actress June Fairchild (best known as the “Ajax Lady” from the Cheech and Chong movie Up In Smoke) suggested the name after reading a magazine article about indigenous Australians, in which it was explained that on cold nights they would customarily sleep in a hole in the ground while embracing a dingo, a native species of feral dog. On colder nights they would sleep with two dogs and, if the night were freezing, it was a “three dog night”.[3] “

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    • Yep, in fact that is on the title page of my book on Track Rock Gap.

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  2. jamesrhodes666@msn.com'

    Love the dogs!

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