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Singer-Moye Mounds . . . a Creek town that belongs in Belize

Singer-Moye Mounds . . . a Creek town that belongs in Belize


Potvli (Potauli) was one of the largest ancestral Creeks towns that is located on a 310 mile-long line between Apalachicola Bay and the Ladd’s Mountain Observatory.   It was known to 18th century Georgians as Potawlee or Patawlee, but has been labeled the Singer-Moye Site by archaeologists.   The town developed in a seemingly odd location about 22 miles upstream from the confluence of Pataula Creek and the Chattahoochee River.   Most of the narrow flood plain of Pataula Creek is swampy or seasonal wetlands.  The rest of the site is composed of rolling hills . . . not a good location for growing large crops of corn, beans, sunflowers, pumpkins and squash.  YET the acropolis of the town contained eight mounds arranged in a 35 acre complex of plazas and public structures.   That is over twice the size of the elite compound at Etowah Mounds National Historic Landmark.  Another thing odd about the town was that the pyramidal mounds were interconnected by asymmetrical plazas and terraces, which climbed the hill above Pataula Creek.  Its plan looks identical to those of the Highland Maya towns in southern Mexico, southern Guatemala and western Belize.   Oh . . . did we mention that the layout of the mounds matches that of the Pleiades Constellation?   To learn more, go to:

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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.



    Richard, That Pleiades Constellation? must have been very important for some reason and connected to many ancient cultures around the Earth. I Just read an article about Elongated skulls found back to 12,000 years ago in China where there are the same type of flat top Earth mounds as the South East’s? It seems like some ancient people understood how to harness Electro-magnetic energy with these alignments. These different peoples seem to have wanted to look like their advanced in some ways Nobles. 10,500 BC corresponds to the first large stone pillars created at different locations tracking to a center point.


    Hey Richard
    I ran across this article about 1400 yr old canals built by the Chavin and Wari people that bring water to areas with permeable soils for storage. The water would soak into the ground and come out down hill about a month later increasing stream output for months.

    There are a couple of small villages that are still using the systems today and scientist are looking at up scaling the system for use in cities.
    In parts of India Spain and North Africa there are similar systems that use dams, canals and underground tunnels to move water.
    People in these areas today all have water supply problems, and most of these old systems are not being cared for. Maybe folks in these areas should be rebuilding them.
    This makes me wonder if the people
    That came here from Peru used systems like this in mountain areas for irrigation. Trackrock has an irrigation system with a small holding pond at the top and if i found the right spot a small spring with sandy soil around it comes out there. If you put terraces down hill of the pond in permeable soils the plant should not need watering as often.Thanks for the great articles. Im looking forward to more about the mounds you found this year.


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