Monday, December 26, 2011

Mayan Ruins in Georgia (USA)???

How could I have possibly missed this story?  But I did not see it until today.

Has an 1100 year old Mayan site been discovered in the Georgia mountains?
, Atlanta Road Trip Travel Examiner

Gary Daniels examines the evidence put forth by architect and researcher Richard Thornton regarding this site being Mayan, and concludes that he is correct.  Thornton's article was panned by the academics, of course.  Notice that Mr. Thornton doesn't have a Ph.D. or whatever in anthropology or archaeology or any other 'ology' and thus he is a subject of ridicule to closed-minded know-it-alls who think that "amateurs" have nothing to add to the discussion.  Well, we've seen over and over again how wrong those so-called "experts" can be...

See Gary Daniel's article from December 21, 2011 that contains Thornton's evidence:
Ruins in Georgia mountains show evidence of Maya connection


From mountainx.com

Mayan ruins in Georgia? An unorthodox theory generates Internet buzz

4 comments:

Eugene Wee said...

Maybe your reaction is due to other incidents of premature dismissal of unorthodox theories from established academics, but your aspersions here on academia appear unwarranted since the negative reaction is mainly from Mark Williams, though that researcher does appear to be respected among his peers and has a personal stake in the evidence pertaining to this theory.

Anonymous said...

The whole thing is bunk and Mark Williams is very well respected in our field. This is about as much evidence for Mayans in Georgia as there is for aliens in ancient Egypt on the show Ancient Aliens on the History channel.

mad4science said...

I'm perfectly willing to believe that a site was found in Georgia, but it seems much more likely that it belonged to the Mississippian culture rather than the Mayans. They had a sophisticates society with large cities, and inhabited Georgia during the period in question. What's more, they were known for building stepped pyramids that at first glance look very much like Mayan structures.

Jan said...

Happy New Year! It seems obvious that there is SOMETHING on that mound in Georgia, and it has nothing to do with little green or grey people with slanty eyes illegally immigrating from other planets.

I don't know anything about the Mississippian Culture. Did they build structures similar to the Maya (that most people think of when they here the term) approximately 1100 years ago? My memory isn't so good anymore, but I confess to not having heard of any North American culture that actually built anything resembling a step pyramid. If the Mississippian culture did this, can you please point me in the right direction with a link or two?

I'm not round read on the subject by any means; what knowledge I have is about mounds built by various Native American cultures that were extremely sophisticated,but are distinctly different from Mayan architecture.

If I were an archaeologist or anthropologist, I would not be so hasty to throw dirt on a new hypothesis and evidence put forward that purports to support it. Are we really so SURE about anything, after all, when it comes to the peopling of America? I think not. It wasn't so long ago that Clovis was thought to be the end-all and be-all for the FIRST evidence of man in the new world. THAT conclusion turned out to be wrong.

And so it goes. I think it will be very interesting to see what crops up over the next 30 years, as DNA studies are refined and new studies are undertaken, and old digs are revisited with "new eyes" and new technology. I certainly intend to live at least that much longer, and if this blog is still going then I'll be going "nanny nanny booo booo" to the researchers who thought they had a "definitive" answer to -- anything.

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