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Track Rock Gap Photos – Winter 2011

Track Rock Gap Photos – Winter 2011

The following photos were taken at Track Rock Gap Archaeological Zone in the winter of 2011. Photo Credits @ Richard Thornton

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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.





    I had students from the John C Campbell Folk School with me 2 or 3 years ago and we found the ancient stone wall across the road from Track Rock. And a place on the creek that could have been dammed for water power. We looked for the Hebrew writing mentioned at Track Rock but did not find anything.

    • Well guess what my friend. My dogs and I crossed that stone wall too in June 2011. I took them down to the little creek to get some water and saw both the dam and the lower stone walls. I initially assumed that it was a Sephardic Jewish mining operation, but the rest is history.

      Until about three decades ago, there was a gem mining operation at Track Rock Gap. The changes to the landscape there at the gap along the little stream were associated with the mine.


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