Richard Thornton | May 9, 2017 | 23
Team of Latin American archaeologists discover actual builders of Track Rock Terraces!
Ancient inscribed stone tablet found in the Nacoochee Valley, which provided identity of terrace builders
In late 2016, members of the Georgia Professional Archaeological Society pooled all their Cherokee casino revenue together and hired a Spanish-speaking team of archaeologists from Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Paraguay, Patagonia, Haiti, Suriname and the Falkland Islands to prove that they were always right. The international team has been hard at work all winter without the media learning of their presence.
In the autumn of 2016, forest fires were set by the US Forest Service so its Maya Myth Busting in the Mountains Office in Plum Nelly, GA could legally close all access trails to the Track Rock site in order to keep the archaeological work secret. In 2012, the MMBMO had commanded the winds to blow down over a hundred trees across the access trail, but five years later, local residents have moved all the trees.
A press conference was held on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the Church’s Fried Chicken Convention Center in Gainesville, GA where the members of esteemed international team made their announcement. Jose’ Echeverria de Soto, a chicken plucker in Gaineseville, translated the announcement to the Georgia archaeologists, because a basic requirement for membership in their professional organization is that they cannot know any indigenous or foreign languages.
Below is a colorized translation of the ancient stone tablet:
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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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