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Youtube . . . Architectural models of two sections of Ocmulgee National Monument

Youtube . . . Architectural models of two sections of Ocmulgee National Monument

 

The indigenous peoples of the Southeastern United States and Mississippian River Basin created true towns filled with a variety of types of architecture. This short video introduces viewers to architectural models of two neighborhoods within Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon, Georgia.

 

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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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  1. markveale@hotmail.com'

    Richard, This flat top pyramid in Macon looks very Mayan to me. Found at one of the Maya sites by one of the pyramids is a building in the shape of the symbol of the Goddess “Tanit” (a circle and a capital T ). This also was the ancient symbol of copper. This Goddess is traced back to the ancient Sea port city of Ugarit, Syria (6000 BC). Have you found any stonework symbols like that in your travels. Found in Tennessee in the 1930’s were the ox skin copper plates located in both the Great lakes and the Near middle East implying a copper trade connection . As you have noted some Natives of Peru (Para) worshiped a Goddess named Amana and so did some of the people of North Georgia and also Western Europe. There seems to be a connection with the same stonework of Peru (Para) and Egypt and one of their temples called “Par-A-tama” (Sun temple) during the Copper/Bronze age.
    The Apalache people might have some connection to the Minoans who were called “Achaeans” by the Greeks and also the people of Peru. “Yupaha” The “horned lord” the name of that city yet another connection with the Minoans that have many bulls in their artwork. Thank you.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minoan_civilization#/media/File:Minoan_fresco,_showing_a_fleet_and_settlement_Akrotiri.jpg

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    • cassiehaLl0017@gmail.com'

      Well that was a fascinating read re: the Minoans comment Mark, enjoyed reading. Caught myself not even in critical caring if it was true mode…You should write a book– if you haven’t already done that already. Thanks for sharing this info.

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      • markveale@hotmail.com'

        Thank You Cassie for your kind words. 1000 years before the Achaeans of Crete Native Americans of Georgia built the Savanna seaport. As far as I am concerned some peoples of America were highly advanced copper age seafaring people. Some of which could have migrated across to Europe and then some back again. The Apalache have a lore of crossing the Atlantic as do many Native peoples. We know the Yuchi have the Laplanders / Finnish DNA codes and the early copper age Europeans are like the Native Americans DNA codes. Already found in Georgia was a triangle shaped temple also found in the Azores and a few locations in the Mediterranean islands as far as Cyprus. Could these be a connection with copper age sea fairing peoples from the Americas?

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    • That is amazing. You know it makes sense Mark that if horses and camels could cross over to the Old World, while mammoths and mastodons could cross over to the New World, then mankind could have done likewise.

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  2. CassiehalL0017@gmail.com'

    Fantastic visuals… thanks Richard!!

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