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Youtube . . . Part Four – Petroglyphs that will blow your mind

Youtube . . . Part Four –  Petroglyphs that will blow your mind


There are symbols on the Judaculla Rock in North Carolina, which were engraved into rocks 3,500 years ago on Bornholm Island, in the Baltic Sea off the coast of Sweden.  However, Judaculla is the Anglicization of a hybrid word, which combines the Creek word for “sky” with the name of a prominent tribe (and goddess) in Ireland during the Bronze and Iron Ages.  There are a few symbols on the Track Rock Petroglyphs that were carved into rocks in Armenia 5,000 years ago or many more on the Baltic Coast of Sweden 4,000 years ago.

Part Four of the People of One Fire’s series on the Petroglyphs of the Georgia Gold Belt, looks at sites away from the major trade paths. There is an astonishing diversity in these petroglyphs.  They were carved by peoples from several parts of the globe.  A cave near Amicalola Falls contains symbols that can also be found in a cave on the island of Aruba.  Those in Aruba were carved by a mysterious people, who lived in the Caribbean Basin long before the Taino.   Near Six Flags Over Georgia is an Taino-Arawak shrine that is very similar to a ball court and plaza near the center of Puerto Rico.  However, there are also petroglyphs in North Georgia, which were apparently carved by the Itza Mayas, people from Ireland or by the immediate ancestors of the Creeks.   You will be amazed.


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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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