Chattahoochee Archeology Research Team
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(or 2 or 3!)
The “Great Kite” was discovered in the late 90′s and since has become the topic of much speculation with many still unanswered questions-(who, how, when). Why was discovered in 2005!
While reseaching Native American sites in West Georgia, between 1986-96 a number of unusual stone markers lead directly to “The Kite”. It is over 1,000 years old, maybe, 4 to 5,000. In this area are located numerous stone circles, upright stones, solstice markers, etc. This area is also home of a possibly related phenomenon known as the “Franklin Lights”, which have been documented here for over 100 years, (by now 1,000′s of residents and visitors, Fox News, Mufon UFO investigators have been baffled by this incredible aerial phenomenom). The central location of these monuments and lights is the old Native American village of Chattahoochee Old Town for which the river was named. Most people thought the village site was lost over time, but with Native American history, Smithsonian research and the internet it has been rediscovered.
Heard County (Franklin) is somewhat of a lost world in itself. While surrounding counties have grown to over 100,000 people, Heard County has kept it’s population of 12,000 since the 1800′s. It’s clinging to a quickly vanishing system of moral values, slow life style, putting neighbors and visitors first, special attention to children and the elderly and honesty (people over dollars) qualifying it as a lost world of it’s own.
Chatt ART invites you to “Kite Day” at Brush Creek Park, (Chatt Old Town) for a day of music, food, fun and prizes. Bring a kite, kids, your best questions and curiosity to Brush Creek Park, (Chatt Old Town), home of the oldest road in America, bald eagles and the “Red Mark Rocks” (Chattahoochees) for which the river and town was named. No admission charge. Clean air, entertainment, information-some old fashion fun. Be good to yourself and come join the fun.
It’s time for some Native American secrets to be revealed!
Welcome to ChattART
For thousands of years deserted sites have remained undisturbed. Now due to increased population and development we are losing archeological sites at ever increasing rates. Soon it will be too late. One hundred years ago there was no technology (electricity, running water, etc.). Then humanity shifted gears and invented our modern world.
From this point forward countless generations that follow will view the history of man in two stages – primitive and modern. We are living in this most special stage of transition. One foot in the past, one in the future. Today, we have a responsibility to observe what we can and protect and preserve whatever is left of man’s early existence in the new world that it may be forever added to the picture of man’s journey through time. Each site holds clues to man’s past.
I’ve seen Indian mounds ploughed – run over simply because no-one knew they were there. Timber companies, farmers etc. are usually glad to set aside twenty to thirty square feet of the thousands of acres they use to spare the destruction of these valuable areas but they don’t know where these sites are. There are major concentrations of such sites along the Chattahoochee. ChattART works to find and protect these “priceless places”. (We found over two hundred stone tools in one spot recently!)
Because of my familiarity with the river due to working with the Chattahoochee Project, I was asked by a group of Native Americans to help locate their old places and things along the river (see articles Chattahoochee Project ChattART). Over the years I’ve visited over 700 sites and saved over 100,000 artifacts from destruction at construction sites. Most are simply removed from harm’s way (not removed from the property). Some of the interesting things found by ChattART are shown on subsequent pages.