Massive 1,100+ year old Maya site discovered in Georgia's mountains
Richard Thornton December 21, 2011
BLAIRSVILLE, GA (December 21, 2011) -- Around the year 800 AD the flourishing Maya civilization of Central America suddenly began a rapid collapse. A series of catastrophic volcanic eruptions were followed by two long periods of extreme drought conditions and unending wars between city states.
Cities and agricultural villages in the fertile, abundantly watered, Maya Highlands were the first to be abandoned. Here, for 16 centuries, Itza Maya farmers produced an abundance of food on mountainside terraces. Their agricultural surpluses made possible the rise of great cities in the Maya Lowlands and Yucatan Peninsula. When the combination of volcanic eruptions, wars and drought erased the abundance of food, famines struck the densely populated Maya Lowlands. Within a century, most of the cities were abandoned. However, some of the cities in the far north were taken over by the Itza Maya and thrived for two more centuries.
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Post ID#19223 - replied 12/24/2011 5:29 AM
By Maggie Koerth-Baker at 12:27 pm Friday, Dec 23
I hate to lend any dignity to this story by commenting on it, but it's making the rounds, so here goes. Two things:
1. Nobody found Mayan ruins in the U.S. state of Georgia. An article posted on The Examiner claimed this was the case. That article is full of it. So full of it that even the scientist cited in the article is (in a more polite way) publicly calling out The Examiner for being full of it. Mark Williams of the University of Georgia does do research on North American archaeology. He has spent 20 years excavating sites in Georgia's Oconee River valley. But these sites are not Mayan. Instead, they're part of what are broadly known as "Mississippian cultures," a conglomeration of ancient North American peoples who built a lot of earth mound structures and whose cultures are distinct from those of the Mayans and other Central Americans.
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Post ID#19224 - replied 12/24/2011 2:13 PM
Post ID#19230 - replied 12/29/2011 4:18 AM
APPRAISAL OF A PILED STONE FEATURE COMPLEX IN
THE MOUNTAINS OF NORTH GEORGIA
By Johannes (Jannie) Loubser (Stratum Unlimited, LLC) and Douglas Frink (Worcester State College)
Post ID#19232 - replied 12/29/2011 4:35 PM
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