Richard Thornton | Jun 3, 2017 | 15
Yamacutah Shrine Discovered by Creek researchers in Northeast Georgia
On March 8, 2014 a team of Creek POOF members from Florida, Georgia and Texas were guests of the Jackson County, GA government at a secret archaeological zone, believed to contain the Yamacutah Shrine. Until ceded to the United States government in 1785 by Hoboi-Hili-Miko (Alexander McGilvrey) in 1785 over the extreme objections of Georgia Creeks, Yamacutah was the most sacred place in the Southeastern United States. The Yamacutah Shrine was found, but the other archaeological discoveries made by our team are so phenomenal that the Jackson County Government has requested that the specific location of the shrine and other discoveries made not be released to the public or the general POOF membership.
Several of those studying the site have much greater telepathic gifts, but it was still a very poignant experience for me. You see, three of my direct ancestors, who were minor mikko’s, attended the last worship service at Yamacutah before it was abandoned in 1785.
According to Georgia Creek tradition, Yamacutah was the place where God came down to earth and walked with our people – teaching us to love each other as brothers and sisters, advanced knowledge of the cosmos, high mathematics, a writing system and how to survey land precisely. The Master of Life then disappeared before the eyes of worshippers in the center of Yamacutah.
The archaeological zone turned out to be much more than a shrine. It has been occupied by mankind for thousands of years. It includes a ceremonial terrace enclosure almost identical in size and shape to the Old Stone Fort in Manchester, TN, but with many more stone structures. In the northern portion of the zone is an agricultural terrace complex constructed with stone walls . . . well, many more things that we can’t talk about.
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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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