Topic ID #20528 - posted 6/10/2012 12:10 AM

It's back: tale of the 1,100 year old Mayan temple site in the Georgia mountains

Jennifer Palmer

Is this the lost Mayan city of Yupaha? Historian creates 3D image of 1,000-year-old civilisation in GEORGIA mountains
By Daily Mail Reporter UPDATED: 00:19 EST, 10 June 2012

The Mayans built astonishing temples in Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras - but now some believe the ancient peoples fled their dissolving civilization and ended up in Georgia.

Historian and architect Richard Thornton believes a 1,100-year-old archaeological site shows that Mayan refugees fled Central America and ended up in the North Georgian mountains near Blairsville.

His astonishing theory is based on the discovery of 300 to 500 rock terraces and mounds on the side of Brasstown Bald mountain that date to 900AD - around the time the Mayans began to die out.

Mr Thornton’s blockbuster theory revolves around the area near Brasstown Bald potentially being the ‘fabled city of Yupaha, which Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto failed to find in 1540’.

He described it as ‘certainly one of the most important archaeological discoveries in recent times’.

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Post ID#19622 - replied 6/10/2012 6:59 PM


Hey it keeps his name in the papers.


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