Richard Thornton | May 9, 2017 | 23
Georgia Terrace Complex No. 7
Thought you folks, especially the archaeologists, would like to see what I am up to. I am using special spectrum satellite imagery and ERSI software to find more terrace complexes along solar azimuths associated with the Track Rock Complex or the high point of Brasstown Bald Mountain. The centrum for this search was the rectangular stone ruins at the top of the Track Rock terrace acropolis. The transit line where I found this site runs between the centrum at the Track Rock terraces to the center of the oval stone ruins on top of Ladds Mountain near Etowah Mounds. The software told me that the top of the visible terraces was at about 3,000 feet above sea level. I will have to check it with a GPS device, once I figure out how in the heck to get there. It is a very remote location, not near any public or USFS roads. It appears to be a large complex.
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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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