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Video: The surrealistic climb to the mountaintop above Teotihuacan

Video:  The surrealistic climb to the mountaintop above Teotihuacan


After thumbing through the book, “Sun Circles and Human Hands,” the internationally famous archaeologist, Dr. Román Piña-Chan, immediately recognized that there was direct connection between the Mayas and Etowah Mounds in Georgia.  He then instructed me to spend a week at Teotihuacan, after I finished a week exploring the Museo Nacional de Antropologia.

There are some things one just cannot explain with logic or rigorous research into historical archives.  A dream that I had repeatedly in the summer that I turned 18, because reality in the summer that I turned 21.  What it all meant, I am still not certain.  Join me on journey up an extinct 10,000 feet high volcano by seeing the views that I captured with color slides.  When I returned home late that evening to my newly adopted Mexican family, no one believed  where I had been.  They all assumed that I had met a hot chick at Teotihuacan and then gone to a sleazy hotel to sow some wild oats.  Señora Soto said she was relieved.  She had been worried about me because I didn’t go to brothels and get drunk like normal guys my age.  She promised not to tell Alicia, the respectable Spanish señorita, who I had met a week earlier at the high school graduation of one of the Soto’s daughters.  Señora Soto said that she would call Alicia in the morning and tell her that my bus had broken down on the way back to Mexico City. 


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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.



    Richard, As usual this is an impressive account of your adventure and time in the area of Teotihuacan. While all parts were fascinating as were earlier chapters I wanted to comment on your dream.
    My guess is that those who have not experienced the effects of entering an area that had been reviled in an earlier dream have no concept of the feeling it brings as one realizes the encounter is not a coincidence. Having experienced something similar in a totally different event I want to just say that one never forgets the feeling. I expect there are those who can not understand.
    In my experience, when I am able, and it isn’t often, to open my mind’s eye to what is around me in the present but more looking to the past as it is being relieved a much deeper understanding of knowledge is there for the taking if only one can take it in. In my experience as I think maybe with yours the understanding may come later looking back.
    I am enjoying your efforts and especially, as always, your knowledge. I wish my mind and memory could hold all you have presented over the last 12 or 15 years.


    • So you understand the feeling? It is why I never forgot the experience, even though many other and later parts of my life are now a blur, in which I can neither remember the names or the faces.


    Hey Richard
    I found this link to an article about a cave just opened near the Castillo at
    Chichen Itza full of artifacts.
    Many of the ceramics were undamaged. They were searching for passages into the cenote under the Castillo when they decided to search here. The locals told an archeologist about the cave 50 yrs ago and he sealed it without exploring it keeping it in good shape.
    Thanks for interesting articles


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