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Stages of the Great Temple in Tenochtitlan

Stages of the Great Temple in Tenochtitlan


This short documentary from the Institituo Nacional de Anthropologia E Historia de Mexico (INAH) uses the same Architectural 3D CADD and PowerPoint Movie-maker programs that I am working with, to illustrate the growth of the major buildings in the heart of Tenochtitlan, Capital of the Aztec Empire.   I will be creating similar Youtube programs to explain the development of major Southeastern indigenous towns such as Moundville, Ocmulgee and Etula (Etowah Mounds.)    Now the Artlantis software (to be acquired) carries this concept a step further by converting the 3D architectural models into animated films with people walking, animals trotting, birds flying, smoke blowing, etc.   The Architectural Preservation Division of the Museo National de Antropologia in Mexico City also has Artlantis, but I have only seen one complete Artlantis film, so far.  It is of Palenque.   They have produced short animated films on various sections of such famous cities as La Venta, Teotihuacan, Tzintzunzan, El Tajin, Chichen Itza and Uxmal, however.

The times are changing.  One either has to learn and change, or else become obsolete.


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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.



    That was very interesting. Can’t wait to see what you are working on Mr. Richard. You will help to open eyes to see more and to better understand. Thank you.

    • My first ones are going to be like narrated slide lectures, but as time goes on, I will learn how to use all the bells and whistles of these new programs


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