Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer of the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa.
When Richard was a student at Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture, he was selected to be awarded the first Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and urban planning in Mexico. His proposal was endorsed by the famous 20th century archaeologist, Dr. Arthur Kelly. While on the fellowship, Richard studied on site most of the important archaeological zones in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. His fellowship coordinator at Georgia Tech was Architect Ike Saporta, President of the Atlanta Archaeological Society. His fellowship coordinator in Mexico was Dr. Román Piña Chán, then Director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia de Mexico . . . later Director of the Institutio Nacional de Antropologia E Historia. Today, Piña Chán is considered to have been one of the greatest archeological minds of the 20th century. It was also Piña Chán, who first suggested to Richard that there had been extensive contacts between the Mayas, Teotihuacanos, Toltecs and indigenous peoples of the Southeast.
Between March 2010 and and August 2015, he was the National Architecture & Native American Culture columnist for the National edition of the Examiner. Since that time, he has devoted his journalistic efforts solely to being editor of the People of One Fire web site. He is also President of The Apalache Foundation, a long-term, multi-disciplinary effort to understand the many Pre-Columbian stone ruins in North Georgia.
Books by Richard Thornton
- The Nacoochee Valley . . . Guide to Native American Sites
- The Nacoochee Valley . . . Crossroads of the Americas
- The Forgotten History of North Georgia
- Earthfast… the Dawn of a New World
- Fort Caroline ~ The Search for America’s Lost Heritage
- Ancient Roots, Vols 1-5
- The Lord of Cumberland
- Itsapa: the Itza Mayas in North America
Books by Richard Thornton and Marilyn Rae
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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.
Latest posts by Richard Thornton (see all)
- Atlanta’s leaders are right! Don’t erase the Old South’s history. - August 15, 2017
- Update: Bronze Age research appears to be headed toward an astonishing discovery - August 15, 2017
- Very pertinent film from the Atlanta Board of Education in 1947 - August 14, 2017
- Who built the stone cairns in the Southern Highlands? - August 13, 2017
- News: Science Magazine now supports belief that most Native Americans came by boat - August 11, 2017