The Chattahoochee Stables pasture in May 530 AD

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.


  1. Can you post examples of pottery?

    A cousin who studied archeology at Penn State said they have their heads in a dark box. Rather than think outside the box, they fill it with concrete. My aut, his grandmother, was pleased he was in college, but complained there were no jobs. I said it’s not good for him.

    I told her about archeologists digging up graves without permission from the People to study bodies (3 graves, one man lived free all is live, one lived free but then was forced on a reservation, the last, died in WWII, had been raised on the rez). Before the law passed against it, archs went in and dug them up ver protests of the families. The families were arrested till the work was done.

    She thought about that, then called my cousin and told him to find a respectable profession. “You’re not going to dig up my parents or me,” she told him. Old women run things–they can be deadly 🙂 He switched to psychology, found a job in a high school in Hawai’i, wound u married to a teacher, a native Hawaiian, and then principle. I called and told him walk in beauty and he said his wife keeps him that way. niio

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    1. I am staying very busy between working on this project in the Nacoochee and growing most of my veggies on the side of a mountain in terraces. Good to hear from you.


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