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Richard L. Thornton

The premier of the History Channel's (H2) new hit series, America Unearthed, was based on Richard's book, Itsapa, the Itza Mayas in North America. He was a prominent member of the cast. Richard is a professional architect, city planner and author. While a student at Georgia Tech, he was the first recipient of the Barrett Fellowship, which sent him to Mexico to study Mesoamerican civilizations and architecture. During his five decades of professional practice, he has designed buildings, restored historic structures and revitalized downtowns in several parts of the Southeastern United States. He is considered one of the nation's leading experts on the Southeastern Indians and is director of Cultural Resource Preservation for the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe and on the Tribal Council. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma's Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. From 2010 to 2015, he was is the National Architecture & Native American Culture columnist for the National edition of the Examiner. Richard is President of the Apalache Research Foundation, which is sponsoring historical and archaeological research of the stone and earthen architecture ruins, created by a newly discovered indigenous civilization in the Southern Highlands. Richard regularly contribute research reports to his The Americas Revealed website. He also has created over 50 videos for his People of One Fire educational channel on YouTube.