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The Temple of Amana, where the Georgia Gold Rush began

The Temple of Amana, where the Georgia Gold Rush began


This is a research project that I have been working on for over a year.  The project began as a mysterious hill or mound . . . no one was sure . . . that is associated with a great deal of history of national importance.  Eleanor Dare, a survivor of the Roanoke Colony, spent the last decade of her life, living on top of this hill.   It is the site of the Temple of the Sun Goddess Amana, which was featured in the 1658 book by Charles de Rochefort.  At the foot of the hill, where Dukes Creek joins the Chattahoochee River, is where the Georgia Gold Rush began.  Hope that you enjoy the article.  I put a lot of time into studying, measuring and drawing this strange hill-mound.


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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-The website mentioned above does not bring up your article but comes back to this posting of POOF. I have had this problem before when trying to view other items you have mentioned. BTW, my wife and I did go up to Batesvillle to see the major mound located just south of the store. I was pretty impressed. It concerns me that archaeologist don’t seem to be interested in the landscapes you describe. There is something wrong with the lack of academic curosity of Georgia archaeologists. I have worked with Lew Larson but it seems he was an exception to this rule.

    We spend a lot of time in NM and I have enjoyed learning about Chaco Culture. Would enjoy learning similar things about Georgia.


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