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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Georgia Mayans

Archaeologists have discovered the ruins of an ancient Mayan city in the mountains of North Georgia believed to be at least 1,100 years old. According to Richard Thornton at Examiner.com, the ruins are reportedly what remains of a city built by Mayans fleeing wars, volcanic eruptions, droughts and famine.

In 1999, University of Georgia archeologist Mark Williams led an expedition to investigate the Kenimer Mound, a large, five-sided pyramid built in approximately 900 A.D. in the foothills of Georgia’s tallest mountain, Brasstown Bald. Many local residents has assumed for years that the pyramid was just another wooded hill, but in fact it was a structure built on an existing hill in a method common to Mayans living in Central America as well as to Southeastern Native American tribes.

Speculation has abounded for years as to what could have happened to the people who lived in the great Meso-American societies of the first century. Some historians believed that they simply died out in plagues and food shortages, but others have long speculated about the possibility of mass migration to other regions....
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2 comments:

Richard Thornton said...

I'm Richard Thornton the author of the article discussed. I sensed an air of ethnic arrogance that we Creek Indians have endured for 250 years in Georgia. Our main mistake was being too nice until it was too late and we were outnumbered. that ain't gonna happen again.

Our culture is NOT inferior in any way to whites. My mother was the first person in her family that the State of Georgia allowed to attend public school She was valedictorian of her high school class, then rode in a mule wagon to the University of Georgia where she graduated Summa Cum Laude!

It was also rather arrogant for someone to base an assessment of "fantasy" from third hand opinions by archaeologists who had never been to the site or even to Mexico. The irony is that I am the expert on Mesoamerican architecture, not any of the people that were quoted as experts. My soon to be published book will answer any doubts.

However, let me say this. We Creek Indians have ALWAYS said that refugees from Mexico came to the Southeast. The blending of Muskogean and Mesoamerican cultures created such places as Etalwa (Etowah Mounds) and Waka (Ocmulgee Mounds.) We have many Maya and Totonac words in our language and most have Maya DNA markers.

All of the negative comments I have seen were from people speaking from a position of ignorance about the culture of the Itza Maya commoners and the Creek Indians.

My Creek grandparents always taught me not to open my mouth unless I knew what I was talking about. That advice would well apply to this blogger.

J. Lyon Layden said...

Richard....this blogger did not write that article. He (I) simply reposted it from a published article and included the source. At the bottom of the post is the source where you can click and see who actually wrote it.
I do not believe or disbelieve your claims, as I am no expert on Mayan culture. However I do think it would be pretty cool if your claims are true. Please take a look at the rest of the blog. I am a writer who's main purpose with this blog is to compile info for my short stories and novels. I believe that cultures in prehistory were far more advanced than we give them credit for and that prehistoric people's lives were far more fantastic than those depicted in most fantasy novels, and this blog is proving that one post at a time.