Etowah Elites from Cahokia

In 2004 I argued that the site of Etowah Mounds in Cartersville, Georgia was inhabited by elites from Cahokia, a Native American metropolis near St. Louis, Missouri. I made this argument based on the fact that the Etowah site received a large influx of people around 1250 AD at the same time that the Cahokia […]

Pyramids in the Everglades?

Eyewitness accounts of ancient stone ruins and pyramids in the Everglades and other locations in South Florida are investigated in this newspaper article: I was skimming through some musty documents, handwritten letters, and crumbling photographs in a vintage-looking green file cabinet. I’d picked up a browned and well-thumbed folder labeled “Florida Archaeology” when two letters […]

Tulum’s Mayan Lighthouse

The Putun/Poton Maya were Central America’s most advanced mariners. They controlled coastal trade around the entire Yucatan peninsula down to modern-day Panama. One of their important ports was at Tulum in the Yucatan but this port had one major problem: there was only one small opening in the coral reef that lay just offshore. Michael […]

Maya Trade with Cuba and Florida?

In his research article “Yucatan Channel and Trade,” researcher Ronald Canter compiled the best available evidence of trade contacts between the Maya and people east of the Yucatan Channel such as Cuba and Florida. Read more below: YUCATAN CHANNEL and TRADE Abstract: This article summarizes some of the evidence for the passage of Maya trade […]

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 […]

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