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Archeologists Georgia are claiming that they have discovered some ancient Mayan ruins.

Almost everyone has been taught 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.

Not so… they also built temples in the mountains of North Georgia.

Richard Thornton, an architect by training, has been researching the history of native people in and around Georgia for years.  He wrote about an 1,100-year-old archeological site near Georgia’s highest mountain, Brasstown Bald.  Another archeologist, Taylor Manon of Atlanta said “we have positively identified this as the site of the fabled city of Yupaha, which Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto failed to find in 1540.”

Archeologist Mark Williams of the University of Georgia, doesn’t believe.  “This is total and complete bunk. There is no evidence of Maya in Georgia. Move along now.”

But WWN has spoken with top archeologists from around the world that have traveled to North Georgia to examine the site.  The conclusion:  Thornton is right.  The Mayans did have a settlement in Georgia!

Thornton, who said he is Georgia Creek Indian by birth, volunteered that doing research about Mesoamerican culture in the U.S. has been a difficult way to make a living, but is happy to be finally vindicated.

Some of his conclusions about the Mayan connection to the southern U.S., he said, are based on oral history. There are place names in Georgia and North Carolina, he said, that are very similar to Mayan words. And the ruins near Brasstown Bald, he said, include mounds and irrigation terraces similar to those found at Mayan settlements in Central America.

The Georgia Tourism board is already setting up tourist packages for those who want to see the Mayan ruins.  “We think it will be a particularly hot site to see, especially this year, which the Mayans predicted would be the last for mankind.”

So, get on down to Georgia and see the Mayan ruins!!