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Professor say the darndest things! . . . Parte Trois

Professor say the darndest things! . . . Parte Trois


In early August 2012, during the height of the “Maya Mythbusting in the Mountains Thang,” I received an email and an intriguing photograph.  A gentleman, who introduced himself as a salesman in Gwinnett County, GA (NE Metro Atlanta) stated that he and his wife had just come back from a long weekend with friends, who lived near Track Rock Gap.   While there, the hostess had dug up the figurine above in her garden and he had bought it from her.   He said that the figurine was proof that the Mayas came to Georgia. The salesman urged me to call a press conference in front of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Georgia and that he would bring the figurine.  He said that I had his permission to include the photo in the press release.

I instantly recognized the figurine, but was curious from where the email was coming from.   I traced it to a server on the Florida State University Campus in Tallahassee, Florida.  I decided to play along for awhile, however.  I wrote back that figurine was not Maya, but much older.  It belonged to the Formative Period and was similar to figurines found at the Cuicuilco and Copilco sites in Mexico City.  

Book by Ignacio Bernal and Roman Pina-Chan.

He wrote back that I shouldn’t say that at the press conference, because it would hurt my case.  He urged me to call it a Maya figurine.

I waited a couple of hours then emailed him back with some very important news.   I had seen that figurine before.  It was sitting on an oak shelf, immediately right of the entrance door to the office of Dr. Román Piña-Chan, Director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia.  “Mike, you are in possession of stolen Mesoamerican artifact, worth untold thousands of dollars.  Under federal law I was immediately obligated to call the FBI office in Tallahassee to notify them that you were involved in international artifact smuggling. Maybe if you tell the agents, who you are working with in Mexico, you might be able to plea bargain a short prison term.” Funny thing,  I never heard from Mike again.  Furthermore,  I did not receive anymore hate mail from professors (using pseudonyms) from either the University of Georgia or Florida State University.  I can’t understand why?



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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.



    Very odd as you say. But a new subject that just showed up in local news. Dr. Greg Waselkov of the University of South Alabama Dept. of Anthropology has started digging at Orange Beach, AL at the site of a 1400 year old canal on the Fort Morgan peninsula. The remains of the canal were known already by locals who called it the Indian ditch. It is being dated to the mid-Woodland era. They are saying it is northernmost canal in the southeast & one of the longest there being six others in Florida including another in the Panhandle. Where would that one be I wonder. Anyway its current dimensions are a short cut through from Mobile Bay/Oyster Bay to Little Lagoon & a short cut to the Gulf. Its so far 30 feet wide by 6 to 8 feet deep & a half mile in length. As they are still excavating it I suppose that will change. I have read about the canals at Marco Island & elsewhere in south Florida which are associated with linking villages together & water routes going to & from the Gulf. I wonder if this means there may be village sites in that area also. It makes sense as that is close to the mouth of Mobile Bay. Bear Point & Big Lagoon aren’t that far to the east. If you Google it there are several articles some with good pictures.

    • Marcie, we already knew about the canal system around Lake Okeechobee, but the discoveries on the Gulf Coast of Alabama and Florida Panhandle are a game-changer. I don’t understand why the anthropological profession as a whole still refuses to label the advanced cultures in the Lower Southeast – civilizations.

    • I didn’t really call the FBI, but did scare the willies out of that prof!


    I encourage all to watch the NETFLIX documentary “Unacknowledged”-it is about 2 hours. It presents evidence that the black ops that operate in this country have “acceptable” historical, scientific, research theories/evidence that directly or indirectly tie into what they are doing globally. It highlights the methods they use to turn people, best example from the film was the scientist Sagan. Also von Braun issued a ‘false flag’ warning I had previously heard nothing about. Apparently, and I do believe this based upon what I personally saw in Vietnam, influence over television, newspapers, magazines, having “correct” scientific and historical studies/papers began before the depression and kicked into high gear after WWII. Individuals who go against this, if they cannot be bought off, risk total ruination by powers we do not yet fully grasp.


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