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.
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