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Strange Symbols ~ Russell County Alabama

Strange symbols have suddenly appeared on Russell County, AL landscape. They are similar to the Georgia Mountain petroglyphs and Nazca Lines but just appeared on satellite imagery.

Seven abstract symbols that look like they should be on the surface of the Paracus Desert of Peru have suddenly appeared on satellite images of the rural landscape in Russell County, Alabama. There has been no publicity about these mystical designs until this article and no one has claimed responsibility. The symbols cover approximately 230 acres immediately west of the Chattahoochee River and south of an Early Mississippian town site that is on a former horseshoe bend in the river.

Massive abstract symbols have appeared on satellite images of Russell County, AL

Massive abstract symbols have appeared on satellite images of Russell County, AL

Some of the symbols appeared on a NASA image released in late 2013 by ERSI for use in GIS software. The most recent Google satellite image in January 2014 shows several new symbols, plus refinement of the original symbols.

They are most likely some form of hoax, but who knows? Is someone clearing vegetation that was covering an existing complex of symbols? Trees and shrubs were cut down to either create or reveal the images. Technically, these are not crop circles.

These same symbols are seen on one of the boulders of the Track Rock petroglyphs and also on a petroglyphic boulder found in Forsyth County, GA. They are not the style of designs seen in crop circles around the world.

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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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