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The Premier of America Unearthed on December 21, 2012 (Free)

The Premier of America Unearthed on December 21, 2012 (Free)


I just noticed that the History Channel is finally offering the premier of America Unearthed online.   They have been selling it on Amazon.con for the past five years. 

This is the program that told the world about the Track Rock Terrace Complex and the “Mayas In Georgia.”

I was terrified at first.  The Travel Channel had met me on the Track Rock site with two guys in a compact car.   The History Channel showed up at the cabin that I had just started fixing up, with eight vans of expensive equipment.  They erected a full movie set.

At the opening scene, I whispered to Scott Wolter . . . “Scott, this is just like being in the movies.”

He answered, “Richard, you are in the movies!”  


The opening scene, with Scott talking on the cell phone as he was driving, was actually filmed 8 feet from my front door . . . with the car sitting still.  

The strange sound in the background, during the initial parts of the show, especially in my new garden, is a type of lizard that is indigenous to the Maya lands, but for some reason not certain, also lives in the part of Georgia where the gold deposits are.   It is huge . . .  about a foot long when mature. 





Well, for those of you, who have not seen the program, here it is:


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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.



    Richard, I saw this episode when it was first aired and it is amazing. I think I watched every week and saw most all of Scott’s episodes. This one about
    the Mayas in Georgia especially interested me as I used to live in Georgia, Cobb Co. Thank you for the link to watch the episode again. This is my kind
    of TV and the facts and History are truly awesome. Thanks again for this blog and the link.

    • Thank you Syble . . . what I am trying to do is offer people of Native American ancestry or interest in Native American culture, a variety of entertaining, yet educational articles and videos to give people an intelligent alternative to the drivel on TV and the internet these days.


        Well Richard, you most certainly are accomplishing your goal. All your blogs are so helpful to people like us who want to know
        more about our history , family and where they lived and who they were. I would love to see the day the Universities and those
        who study our history acknowledge you for all the work you do. That would be a dream come true and I hope it will. Blessings


    So what has happened in the years after this episode? When does the truth come out? Who has to die before the truth is acknowledged?


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