Network of Ancient Canals in Florida

The Ortona Mounds site in the Lake Okeechobee region of Florida features a network of canals for canoe travel: The casual visitor to this small rural community about 15 miles west of Lake Okeechobee might barely notice the broad indentations that run for seven miles from a cluster of oak-shaded mounds through scrub pine and […]

Ancient Indian Canal in Naples, FL

Native Americans in Florida built an extensive canal network for canoe travel. The only other such network of canals is in Mexico: Tourists and residents walking in Old Naples are probably unaware they’ve been sauntering over a prehistoric engineering marvel, a roughly mile-long Indian canal dating back to at least 780 — the deepest canoe […]

Mayan Super Highways?

Ancient Maya developed super highways network more than 1,000 years ago   Roads of more than 240 kilometers long designed, traced and built by the ancient Maya have been discovered in Guatemala, near the border with Mexico. El Mirador is a late Maya preclassic city, located in Guatemala, in the heart of the Petén jungle, and […]

Earliest turkey domestication found in Tennessee

Turkeys figured prominently into pre-contact Native American life, but the first archaeological evidence of probable domestication in the Southeast U.S. has just been found at a site in Tennessee. More than 400 bones of Meleagris gallopavo silvestris, the eastern wild turkey, were found at the Fewkes site, dating to around 1250-1450, and were analyzed by zooarchaeologists Tanya […]

Etowah Artifacts Come Back To Georgia After A Century In Storage

About a century ago, the Smithsonian collected artifacts from Georgia’s Etowah Indian Mounds. Since then, they’ve been sitting in storage; most haven’t been studied or displayed publicly.  Now those artifacts are coming back to Georgia, to go on display for the first time. To choose pieces for this show, curators from Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville made a few trips […]

Latin American Collections Now Available in Digital Repository

AUSTIN, Texas — More than 500,000 books from the stacks of the Benson Latin American Collection, a trove of treasures related to Latin America, have been digitized and are now accessible online. The project is an extension of the University of Texas Libraries partnership with Google to digitize books and other literature to create a […]

Canadian teen wins awards, scholarship for ‘lost Mayan city’ research

William Gadoury, the Canadian teen whose “lost Mayan city” research ignited the Internet last week, has won the gold medal in the intermediate category of the Excellence Award from the Canada Wide Science Fair in Montreal on Friday. Gadoury’s project, called Discovery From Space, argued that the Maya situated their cities in patterns based on constellations in the night sky. […]

“Academic mafia” attempt hit on teen’s lost Mayan city research. Here’s why.

What the recent public smack down of Canadian teen’s lost Mayan city theory reveals about modern academia. What started earlier this week as a light-hearted human interest story in a Canadian French-language newspaper about Quebecker teen William Gadoury’s middle school science fair project transformed days later into a worldwide controversy when Mayanist scholars attempted to […]

Canadian Space Agency defends teen’s lost Mayan city research

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has come to the defense of William Gadoury, the Canadian teen who found a possible lost Mayan city in the jungles of Mexico using star maps. The announcement was immediately attacked by Mayan researchers and academics and deemed a fraud. The academics claimed the satellite photo included with the original news story […]

Geologist defends teen’s discovery of Mayan lost city against critics

  Prominent Mayan academics were quick to dismiss news reports that Canadian teenager William Gadoury had discovered a lost Mayan city the experts had somehow overlooked. These academics claimed satellite photos accompanying the article showed an abandoned corn field not a city. Yet geologist Armand LaRocque who is working with Gadoury says the critics are barking up the wrong […]

Teen discovers lost Mayan city using star map

  William Gadoury, a 15 year old Mayan enthusiast from Quebec, recently located a lost Mayan city deep in the jungles of Belize utilizing an ingenious technique. By overlaying a star map of important Mayan constellations overtop a map of important Mayan cities, he found the two maps lined up. Mayan cities appear to have been situated according to […]

Evidence of Foreign Invasion of Georgia in 1100 AD?

Why was a fortified town built on the lower Chattahoochee River in southwest Georgia around 1100 AD? Known as the Cool Branch Site by archaeologists, it was the first “Mississippian” town in that part of Georgia. The Mississippian culture was a Native American culture that built towns featuring earthen pyramids built around central plazas. These […]

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