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Old December 22nd, 2011, 04:26 AM   #1

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Massive 1,100+ year old Maya site discovered in Georgia's mountains


Massive 1,100+ year old Maya site discovered in Georgia's mountains



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Archaeological zone 9UN367 at Track Rock Gap, near Georgia’s highest mountain, Brasstown Bald, is a half mile (800 m) square and rises 700 feet (213 m) in elevation up a steep mountainside. Visible are at least 154 stone masonry walls for agricultural terraces, plus evidence of a sophisticated irrigation system and ruins of several other stone structures. Much more may be hidden underground. It is possibly the site of the fabled city of Yupaha, which Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto failed to find in 1540, and certainly one of the most important archaeological discoveries in recent times.
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Old December 22nd, 2011, 04:29 AM   #2

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Awesome, thanks, I can't wait to hear more about this!
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The link is bad, so I can't access it. I will confess, though, that I'm skeptical of Maya being that far removed from their known geographical distribution.
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Exciting stuff - looking forward to the book and documentary.

"Richard Thornton has written a book on the Archaeological Site 9UN367 and the evidence of the immigration of Mesoamerican refugees to North America. It will be available from the publisher in early January 2012, and is entitled, “Itsapa . . . the Itza Mayas in North America.” The book includes over 250 full color, virtual reality images and photographs, including pictures of identical Maya agricultural terrace sites in Chiapas, Guatemala, Campeche and Belize. Indiana film maker, John Haskell is also producing a documentary film on the Maya diaspora."
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The link is bad, so I can't access it. I will confess, though, that I'm skeptical of Maya being that far removed from their known geographical distribution.
It's good. Just too many people trying to access at the same time.
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The link is bad, so I can't access it. I will confess, though, that I'm skeptical of Maya being that far removed from their known geographical distribution.
the article (second half) lists quite a bit of evidence that indicates it may very well be mayan

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The article states pretty clearly that they were middle- and lower-class Itza Maya that had migrated away from Mesoamerica during the collapse. The building techniques are allegedly identical, and there is linguistic evidence (both in local language and in place names) to demonstrate they were elsewhere in the general vicinity.

It's pretty astonishing. If true, this could well turn out to be one of the most important discoveries in American archaeology since Machu Picchu.
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Old December 22nd, 2011, 05:45 AM   #9

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It's good. Just too many people trying to access at the same time.
I got it. I have lived in Georgia nearly all my life, traveled to Helen and the area many times. I swear this is the first time I have heard of the terrace structures. I vaguely remember a mention of the mound site back who knows when but I guess I shrugged it off as another of the plentiful sites found in this part of the country. Fascinating.
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the article (second half) lists quite a bit of evidence that indicates it may very well be mayan
I don't care where one's intrests lay, this is exciting. At best, it will change history in the scope of the Mayans. At worst, it could establish the existance of a people who obviously had contact with the Mayans, possibly assimilating them and adopting their methods. FYI, not a peep on any Georgia news program.
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