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Stone Temple and Altar at Nodoroc!

Nodoroc Temple

The Nodoroc temple was the only known Pre-Columbian, triangular stone temple in the Western Hemisphere

Thanks to an email tip from a POOF member yesterday, it was learned that there was a conical stone-veneered pyramid and a stone altar with inscriptions on it at the Nodoroc site. Just now, an archivist in Georgia has located the original daguerreotype photos of the temple’s ruins and a measured drawing done of the temple in the 1820s by an architectural draftsman.

The temple was dismantled and given to Governor George Gilmer as he was leaving office in 1839. The temple and altar were reportedly relocated to Gilmer’s plantation near Lexington, GA. It is not known if the temple still stands at his plantation.

Nodoroc Mud Volcano

Nodoroc is a natural phenomenon and archaeological site that still cannot be explained. (VR images by Richard Thornton, Architect)

Less fanciful descriptions of the Wog Monster from eyewitnesses in the early 1800s makes it appear to be a large monitor lizard related to the Komodo Dragon. The Wog was a carrion eater like the Komodo Dragon. This would explain why early settlers were terrified by its forked tongue probing the cracks in log cabins at night. The Georgia archivist found references by early Spanish colonists on the Gulf Coast to a similar, giant carrion-eating lizard.

This is an archaeological bombshell completely overlooked in the past century.

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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.

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