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Video: Bilbo Mound in Savannah, Georgia

Video:   Bilbo Mound in Savannah, Georgia


Some historic preservationists in Savannah have taken a special interest in the Bilbo Mound there.  It is the oldest Native American ceremonial structure in North America . . . older than any mounds in Mexico.  Once they have obtained dimensions for the structure, I will create a three dimensional computer model of it.  The site consists of a mound and man-made island in the center of a man-made pond. 

The Bilbo Mound along with Watson Brake in Louisiana, compose a group of archaeological sites, which suggest that the progenitors of the Olmec Civilization originated in the Southeastern United States.  The Maya Civilization developed out of the Olmec Civilization.  In fact,  the “Migration Legend” of the Olmec Civilization stated that its founders came across the Gulf of Mexico in three large canoe flotillas to the Gulf coast of Mexico.  Until that time, there was no pottery in that part of Mexico, whereas pottery was being made in Georgia at least a thousand years earlier.

This video from Savannah will orient you to their on-going study.


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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.



    The misspellings in the captions are hilarious. They are alone worth the watching. lol


      Yep we just let the auto-captions go because it helps with search results….I didn’t realize they came up automatically! Maybe I’ll get time to go back and correct them one day.
      We’ll get back from Kentucky on Monday or Tuesday and are planning to go out and get those measurements first thing when we return.

  2. This was not a film by a “Hollywood Film Company” but by local residents, who want the people of Savannah to know what a precious archaeological site sits in their midst. This mound is NOT on the National Register of Historic Places, even though it was the location of the first golf course and country club in North America (1780) .


    Thank you for this post. I live in Savannah and I never knew about the Bilbo and Delta sites. I have been trying to piece together my Creek family history for quite sometime. I am newly arrived from California so this is still very new. I’ve been trying to catch up with everyone’s knowledge but I can not grasp all what everyone else has known all their lives, even if it remained hushed up. That is what happened with my family. I had to dig and dig because they hid it from us, but my heart never forgot. Bless the Eastern Creeks for helping me unearth many facts. My families are in Alabama now. Eastern Creek families. My 5th great grandfather Benjamin Stedham was an Indian trader and lived on the Savannah river across from Silver Bluff, George Gauphin’s trading house. He got kicked out of Georgia. He then was living on the Chattahootchie in the Lower Creek Towns. Hichiti/Euchee towns. I feel I am reclaiming our home after being run out, lol. Thank you for your website. It is so interesting.


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