Richard Thornton’s Tribute to His Native Ancestors in Georgia


Premiere: Discovery of the Lost Cities of Gold. National Native American Heritage Month.

Native American Heritage Month. Reconstruction of Stone Ring in north Georgia paralelled only in Bronze Age Scotland. Richard Thornton

Reconstruction of Stone Ring in north Georgia paralelled only in Bronze Age Scotland.

Part One of this series was posted on YouTube in October 2023 and is titled, “Apalache . . . Search for the Lost Cities of Gold.“

In celebration of National Native American Heritage Month, let Architect Richard Thornton take you on a guided tour of Georgia’s Nacoochee Valley. It is the largest and most densely occupied archaeological zone north of Mexico. You will see photographs and very sophisticated virtual reality images of the fascinating ancient architecture that he has discovered there during the past six years. With LIDAR he discovered a mysterious earthwork under the mountainous tree canopy that is 2000 feet (610 m) North-South and 1200 feet (West-East) and up to 51 feet (15.5 m) tall. This documentary begins in March 2012, when the History Channel decided to fund a documentary on the Track Rock Terrace Complex, about 21 miles NW of the Nacoochee Valley.

You will learn the tragic secret held within the partially-burned cabin, where the highly successful premier of America Unearthed was filmed . . . and also about an unusual animal that supposedly only lives in the tropical lands of the Mayas, but also lived in the crawl space and garden of that cabin. You will see a petroglyph stone with identical symbols to those of Early Bronze Age Sweden and the portrayals of three types of European Bronze Age boats.

The program ends with virtual tours of five ancient structures in the Nacoochee Valley that change the history of North America. Part One of this two part series explained who the Apalache People were and how they gave their name to the Appalachian Mountains. It also described the research of several people in the decades between 1960 and 2012, whose investigations and hard work started unraveling the real history of the Americas.

Watch Richard Thornton’s “Discovery of the Lost Cities of Gold”

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  1. Hey Don,

    Part of the grant from California included a study of the connections between the Georgia and California Gold Rushes. In the process, I finally have figured out why thousands of people in northern Georgia claim Cherokee ancestry, but when they get a DNA test no NA DNA test markers show up. Instead, around Dahlonega they have Sephardic profiles. Here in NE Georgia they show up with Asturian, Galician, Portuguese or Majorcan profiles. I talked to a man who looks just like the moderately short, slim people of the Atlantic Coast of Iberia. He said that his family was Portuguese, but they always told folks that they were part Cherokee. They changed their family name from Perez to Perry in the early 1900s, when the race riots and lynchings were so frequent in Georgia. He said that his family was here before the Cherokees. These faux Cherokees are descendants of the Iberian and Sephardic gold miners, who were here in NE Georgia in the 1600s. The Cherokees allowed them to stay here in their remote farmsteads, but they were not listed on the rolls of the tribe. However, they told Anglo-American Protestants that they were part Cherokee, thinking that there might be prejudice against them if they admitted being Jewish or Hispanic.

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