Controversial Claim About Mayan Ruins in Georgia

The textbooks will tell you that the Mayan people thrived in Central America from about 250 to 900 A.D., building magnificent temples in Guatemala, Honduras, Belize and southern Mexico. But could they possibly have left stone ruins in the mountains of North Georgia?

Richard Thornton thinks so. He says he’s an architect by training, but has been researching the history of native people in and around Georgia for years. On Examiner.com, he wrote about an 1,100-year-old archeological site near Georgia’s highest mountain, Brasstown Bald, that he said “is possibly the site of the fabled city of Yupaha, which Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto failed to find in 1540.”

This might all be fairly arcane stuff, except that an archeologist he cited, Mark Williams of the University of Georgia, took exception. In the comments section after Thornton’s piece, he wrote, “I am the archaeologist Mark Williams mentioned in this article. This is total and complete bunk. There is no evidence of Maya in Georgia. Move along now.”

Immediately the story exploded. In comments on Examiner, as well as on Facebook and in emails, users piled on. One woman called Williams “completely pompous and arrogant.” A man wrote he was “completely disrespectful to the Public at large.” Another said he would urge the state of Georgia to cut off funding for Williams’ academic department at the university. All of this left Thornton, who writes often about the Maya for Examiner.com, “dumfounded.”

 

Source: Yahoo! News

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