It will take several weeks to fully expose and chalk in the hundreds or thousands of symbols
by Richard L. Thornton, Architect & City Planner
The newly discovered archaeological zone is located near the Tallulah Gorge and a few miles east of the Soque Archaeological Zone in Batesville, GA. In the near future, a History Channel film crew will be investigating the Soque Archaeological Zone in Batesville for the premier of a new SCIENTIFIC series (not space alien architects, LOL). I am being paired with a professional archaeologist on this program. I hope to convince network executives to move over to this site for the next filming. Looking at a satellite image, this ceremonial site may cover over 200 acres.
Several Georgia archeological sites, including the Tugaloo Rock, Forsyth Petroglyphic Boulder, the Westmoreland Petroglyphic Boulder and the Track Rock Petroglyphs contain symbols also found here, but the scale of these multiple petroglyphic monoliths dwarfs them all. This could well be the largest petroglyphic site in North America.
We are just in the early stages of surveying this site, but so far, we have identified many stone walls, agricultural terraces, the ruins of rectangular stone buildings, cairns, a line of monoliths with writing on them and what appears to be a round Scandinavian-Irish Bronze Age burial chamber. I need to check out in the field what appears to be a typical Swedish Bronze Age Stone Boat burial. In the 1960s, archeologist Arthur Kelly found a stone boat burial on an island in the Chattahoochee River near Morgan’s Ferry Dam. The discovery was well documented in his report, but ignored by the rest of his profession . . . even though Kelly was one of the most respected archaeologists in the nation.
This may be a site, initially constructed by Nordic gold miners, but later expanded by the Soque, Itza or Highland Apalache. Once I get my equipment in the field, we will be updating this initial article with maps, photographs and videos. These are photos provided by the property owner.