A few weeks after the last frost, the seeds have been planted and the sprouts are coming up through the soil. The Appalachian Mountain nights are still chilly, but the days are sunny and warm.
by Richard L. Thornton, Architect and City Planner
This is archaeological site 9WH28 in the Northeast Georgia Mountains, where archaeologist Robert Wauchope unearthed a continuous record of human artifacts from the Ice Age till the Georgia Gold Rush. The evolution of this beautiful tract of land will be one of the focuses of my documentary video, which is being funded by the California Arts Council and the Maya citizens of Playa del Carmen, Campeche State, Mexico.
The village in 530 AD was in the last years of the Swift Creek Cultural Phase. Although best known for the ornate Swift Creek Style pottery, in Georgia it also included many cultural advancements that elsewhere did not occur for many centuries. These include significant cultivation of indigenous plants, planned towns and large ceremonial mounds with temples on top. The Swift Creek Style pottery was actually brought from Peru by Panoan immigrants . . . but absolutely no anthropology professor in Dixie seems to know this. This is why Eastern Creek descendants typically carry a significant level of Panoan DNA markers.
Here are more views from the 12 mile (19.3 km) long computer Virtual Reality model of the Upper Chattahoochee River Basin:
This village was about two miles east of the Nacoochee Mound.
View of the Temple Mound, looking south toward Sal Mountain
Immediately across the Chattahoochee River from 9WH28 was a small, round Swift Creek village.