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Some Georgia petroglyphs are linked to human sacrifice on Crete

Some Georgia petroglyphs are linked to human sacrifice on Crete


Those of you, who have viewed the series of POOF videos on the petroglyphs in the Georgia Gold Belt, know that we have disproved the belief by Georgia archaeologists that the Track Rock Gap petroglyphs were “graffiti carved by bored Cherokee hunters.”  Now comes the daunting task to determine what the petroglyphs in the Georgia Gold Belt actually mean.

Detail from Boulder 6 – Track Rock Gap, GA

Most of the petroglyphs in the Etowah and Amicalola River Basin are identical to Bronze Age petroglyphs in County Kerry, Ireland and the area around Dundee, Scotland.  Most petroglyphs in the Savannah, Chattahoochee and Nottely River Valleys are identical to Bronze Age petroglyphs in Southern Scandinavia. Petroglyphs in the more southerly portion of the Georgia Gold Belt are identical to petroglyphs in central Ireland, eastern Ireland, Bretagne and Galicia. 

Curiously, there is one distinct difference in some of the circular glyphs at Track Rock Gap and on the Judaculla Rock in North Carolina.  They contain a peculiar tail like the petroglyphs in Galicia and New Grange, Ireland.

What did this tail mean?  Whereas the boulders at Track Rock are relatively soft soapstone, most of the petroglyphic boulders in New Grange, Ireland and Galicia are granite.  Their details have withstood the wear of nature much better.  As you can see above, the tail on the glyph in Galicia is clearly a drain for a cup, carved into the stone.  Was this drain symbolic or actually used to drip a liquid, poured into the cup onto the ground?  We may never know.

However, yesterday while researching the connection between Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age spiral stone works in Crete with Neolithic spiral stone works by the Sami, I stumbled upon a startling photo by an archaeologist, working in Crete.  It was an altar for making blood sacrifices to the Sun God.   On its horizontal surface was carved the ancient symbol for the sun used by Neolithic and Bronze Age Scandinavians that European historians call the “Sun Wheel.”  The Uchee and Creek Peoples in the Southeastern United States call this symbol, the Sacred Fire.  It has come in more modern times to be the symbol of the Master of Life or God.

Back to Crete . . . on another stone altar, the throats of young men and women were cut.  Their blood was drained into a golden cup then poured onto the Sun Wheel.  Their blood then dripped onto the ground through the channelized spout.   Minoans believed that this sacrificial blood fertilized the ground and produced greater crops.

Now, there is one distinct difference between the symbol in Crete and the symbol at Track Rock Gap.  The symbol at Track Rock Gap is the glyph of the Great Sun or High King.   It was used by Bronze Age Scandinavians, Iron Age Scandinavians, the Uchees and Creeks in Georgia and the Mayas.  So . . . does the Georgia symbol mean that a High King was sacrificed or does it mean that a blood sacrifice was made TO a High King?  The jury is still out on that question.


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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.


    • I remember seeing that altar at the Museo Nacional de Antropologia. It could be a case of form follows function or it could be some cultural tradition that spread all over the planet.


        This is probably going to sound bizarre Richard so you might want to take a pass on posting it.

        A couple of months ago I would have entertained the ‘form follows function’ logic. Today not so much. It was a closer examination of ‘A Military History of the Western World’ by Major General J.F.C. Fuller and Gibbon’s ‘Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire’ that put an end to that line of thought.

        There is an excellent argument to be made that the greater part of the planet has been more or less fully in control of ‘occulted powers’ (various religions and secret societies under unified control) since at least the reign of Tutmosis III. You can even find one of his Heliopolis obelisks in London and another is in Central park NY commemorating the achievement of this (almost) first World Empire. The priests of Ra and the “money powers” were actually running the real show in their neck of the woods out of Heliopolis at the time however. At the height of Egyptian military power in the 14th century BC you can glimpse this structure when Pharaoh Akhenaten eventually figured it out and tried to get rid of them by creating a new religion that worshiped the “aten” or disk of the sun at his newly built city of Amarna. In retrospect not a wise career move lol!

        Pharaoh Tutankhaten quickly changed his name to Tutankhamun and the show went on.

        This power structure is also evident in patches during the early historical record from late ‘Sumerian’ 4th millennium BC to the Akkadian Empire collapse in the 23rd century BC. My guess is that occulted power control arose before the beginnings of both the copper and the bronze ages.

        In the global arms race at that time bronze was power. Whoever controlled the Old Copper Complex at that time was king.

        Think you might enjoy this read as well.

        • Well, let’s put it this way . . . I wouldn’t exactly describe the United States today as the Kingdom of Heaven. By the way, as only a moderator, not the webmaster, I can either accept or trash any comments. There are certainly a lot of facts backing up your theory.


    As far as I can tell, there were two distinct Minoan civilizations.
    The first lasted 250 years, from 2000 BC to 1750 BC, at which time the entire island was blasted, as well as Turkey, Egypt, Middle East, Sumer and Babylonia. These were the Minoans of legend, who built the palaces, left the paintings, traded in Copper, tin, silver and gold, ground lenses, fashioned superb weapons, ruled the sea, established colonies, traded far and wide. They were ruled by a council of women, selected for their integrity, for whom sacrifice was the furthest thing on their minds. They had no such thing as a Sun God: Ea, goddess of the dawn, drove her chariot with the sun across the sky. Men and women were treated equally, there was no slavery, any woman could rise to the become a member of the ruling council.
    The second lasted 305 years, from 1750 to 1445 BC. After the palaces had been reduced to rubble in 1750, and the fleet of Crete destroyed, there was a feeble attempt to restore some palaces, but the effort soon stopped. Entirely new people came in and took over. These were bad hombres, who introduced slavery and who knows what else. In 1628, the explosion of Santorini decimated even these people, and others as bad or worse took over. This lasted until 1445, when the entire island was incinerated. The only survivors I have found were colonists who lived at Cappadocia in Turkey and hid in the underground city. These were head-hunters. Archaeologists uncovered a human sacrifice on Mt Jutkas that was interrupted before completion, which I date to the night of March 20-21, 1455 BC, the night of the Passover, when at midnight in the Nile Delta, the night sky lit up as bright as day, followed by a staggering earthquake, then lethal hail. Someone observed chaos fast approaching, and tried to stop it in the only way he knew how.
    There is a written account of the conditions at Crete dated around 1615 BC, after Santorini. A sea captain named Minos reported that the people of Crete were kept in slavery. When he tried to free them, to restore them to their previous independence, the princes in power tried to kill him, so he fled on a passing merchant ship. (Oera Linda Boek).


    Interesting post Richard, I shall have to look into this at the Instap Study Centre where I worked.


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