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Video: The Incredible Architecture of Palenque

Video:  The Incredible Architecture of Palenque


With the assistance of a team of surveyors, scientists, structural engineers and archaeologists from the United States,  architects with the Institutio Nacional de Antrolopogia e Historia de Mexico  have created a massive three dimensional virtual reality computer model of the Maya city of Baak, which the Spanish called Palenque.  In 2014. the computer model was animated as part of a documentary film in English, in which the archaeologists and engineers take viewers on an intimate tour of Baak.   This program is extremely accurate, other than not mentioning the now known fact that Baak was incinerated by an eruption of the super-volcano Chichon in 800 AD.  Afterwards, Itza Mayas fled northward and occupied the modest town of Chichen, which they re-named Chichen Itza.

The study of Palenque is very important for Chickasaws, Creeks, Seminoles and Miccosukees.  In October 2012, a laboratory at the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Minnesota, proved that the Mayas in Chiapas obtained the key ingredient for Maya Blue stucco and pigment from mines in the present day State of Georgia, USA.   I also strongly suspect that miners from Palenque obtained large quantities of mica, gold, greenstone and copper from the Georgia Mountains.   The Mayas used large amounts of mica to reinforce stucco, plus as a cosmetic and element of murals.  

The Chickasaws lived in North Georgia until after the American Revolution.   This is your heritage too!

Southern Mexico and Guatemala do not contain significant deposits of either attapulgite for Maya Blue or mica.  The region around Palenque is the only location where the Yaupon Holly, used in the brewing of Sacred Black Drink, grows naturally, outside the Southeastern United States.

Also . . . at the time of the De Soto and Pardo Expeditions, the most powerful province in Western North Carolina was Chiaha.  This word has the same Itza Maya root and the name of the Mexican state of ChiapasChia is a type of salvia that produces a highly nutritious seed.  The Spanish observed vast fields of cultivated chia along the rivers leading to Chiaha.   Yes, that is the same as the seeds on a “Chia-Pet.”  LOL

We apologize for the ads in this documentary, which one does not see in BBC films, but it was the only copy available on Youtube.

Could the same type of animation be utilized to study Muskogean towns?

Yes! During the past 14 years, I have created virtual reality computer models of most of the major indigenous town sites in the Southeast.  My business graphics computer has the capacity to create full length animated films.  What I need to jump from still images to animation is unfortunately about $1500 in software upgrades.  That will happen, sooner or later.  When it does, you will start seeing animated films of indigenous architecture on POOF with smoke blowing, people walking, water flowing, canoes paddling and birds flying! 

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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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