Richard Thornton Articles from The Examiner
Richard Thornton is an architect/ city-planner of Muscogee-Creek descent. He is also a researcher into the SouthEast's pre-colonial past, researching sites such as Georgia's Track Rock Gap and other sites. He is a founding member of the organization People Of One Fire (POOF).
Below is a link to an article Thornton wrote concerning the SouthEast's Apalache Kingdom (the source of where the Appalachian Mountains gets it's name).
The name of the article is "Apalache, the Lost Kingdom of NorthEast Georgia". This is one of the citites of gold that the early Spanish explorers were looking for in the SouthEast, that with time had been written off by scholars as a mere legend or fable. Now, thanks to the research of Thornton and others, we now know that these "lost cities of gold" really existed (although it hasn't been embraced by mainstream scholars yet... obviously there are huge "cover-ups" at play here, even if individual scholars don't see it as such- they can't see the forest from the trees). Here is the link-
"Apalache, the Lost Kingdom of NorthEast Georgia":
"The Appaclachian Cities of Gold; They Really Existed":
"Lost American Civilizations Flew Right Over The Radar" (talks about terraced complexes, similar in design elements to Meso-American sites, rounded stone balls found in Meso-America and in some cases the American SouthEast, and so much more):
"An Enormous Archaeological Site In North America Like Non-Other":
"Did Maya Immigrants Once Live In the Mountains of North Carolina & Tennessee?" (looks at cultural influences such as place names, linguistics, building style, etc.):
"Indian Mounds W/ 5-Sides; Why did They Have That Unusual Shape?":
And, the last link I will provide Richard Thornton writes about some of the stone-works found in the NorthEast, such as the chambers and complexes at Gungywmp in Groton CT. (which I recently covered on this blog in May); and he goes on to say that when the Atlantic was more shallow, that the original pre-Bronze Age megalithic builders of Europe may have been bronze-skinned American Indian people. This clicks with the Maritime Archaic, aka Red Paint People cultures from the American NorthEast which go back to deep antiquity, pretty much to the ending of the last Ice Age. He mentions the dark Irish, as well as ethnically-bronze skinned black-haired people living in early Ireland who set sail for the Atlantic one day never to return. (and for those that don't know, the megalithic chambers found on both sides of the NorthEast Atlantic are very structurally similar.) Could there be a cultural connection, Thornton explores these concepts and more in this last article titled-
"The Same People May Have Once Lived On Both Sides of the Atlantic":
Below is a before/ after pic of an "Apalache Kingdom" terrace, from pre-colonial times compared to what it looks like today. It looks very much like stone wall sites in the woods I research here in the NorthEast, which are featured in this blog-
Another stone-wall running through a site in Georgia, again, identical to the kinds of sites I am looking at in the NorthEast. What early explorers were looking for in the NorthEast such as Norumbega, such as Champlain and earlier explorers, is like these lost cities of gold the Spanish were looking for in the Appalachian Mountains of the SouthEast, although these cultures probably evolved independantly from each other there could be some obvious influence as well-