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Video: Fifth anniversary of the filming of “Mayas In Georgia”

Video:  Fifth anniversary of the filming of “Mayas In Georgia”


Computer “snapshot” of the three dimensional model of the Track Rock site.

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the initial filming of the premier of “America Unearthed” in Mexico,  several locations in the State of Georgia and in Minnesota.   Where have the years gone?  . . .  and  . . . Oh my!   How much more have we learned about the real history of the Americas since then.

At the time, we thought that the Track Rock Terrace Complex was unique in North America.  Since then, we have identified 16 terrace complexes in Georgia, NW South Carolina and East Central Alabama.  Recently, thousands of stone ruins have been discovered in the Choccolocco and Talladega Mountains of Alabama.   However, Track Rock is still the largest and the most spectacular of the terrace complexes.  At a half square mile, it is larger than Machu Picchu.

I was terrified during the first part of the filming, because I had not expected a caravan of vans and SUV’s to set up a movie set at my recently occupied hovel.  They filmed here for about eight hours, but of that only about eight minutes appeared on the film.   Some very important things I said about this being just the beginning our research was left out.

If you have not seen this program before, I hope that you enjoy it.   The contents are now obsolescent.  Think of the film as a major turning point in research like the Ford Model T was a major achievement of the automobile industry.  Well . . .  the experience changed my life forever and certainly was surrealistic.



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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.



    Always great to watch the video. My daughter and I just finished it once again. Here’s to all of the research and accomplishments that have come about in the last 5 years. Thank you Mr. Richard and all of the year People of One Fire researchers .


    Congratulations Richard!!! A well deserved Thank You!! for your thoughtful articles and for your efforts to convey more understandings of the ancient History of the South.

    • And thank you Mark for making so many intelligent, well researched comments. In essence, you are functioning as a POOF author yourself! LOL


    Mr. Thornton, I am a graduate student working on my thesis and I wonder if I might be able to get an email address where I could contact you privately. My thesis centers on Mesoamerican influence on the pre-Columbian city of Cahokia and the identity of the descendants of the Cahokians.


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